Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira lashed out at the Punjab government for protesting against load shedding, saying such practice was equal to rebellion against the federation.

While speaking to the media persons Kaira observed, “Sharif Brothers were fanning provincial prejudice and raising slogans against the Centre. They left the country in the hour of need”.

The minister alleged Nawaz Sharif for promoting parochialism and reviving 90s politics, saying Sharif Brothers attempt to influence the court verdicts.

Describing the Shahbaz Sharif’s camp against load shedding as a point-scoring drama, he claimed that it had enhanced miseries of the people.

He remarked, “The camp office seems to be a drama by Shahbaz Sharif. It was like Ziaul Haq’s going to the Secretariat on bicycle”.

The minister also flayed criticism at the provincial government, holding it responsible for failed projects and schemes.

In his view, the chief minister Punjab was attempting to politicize the issue instead of taking measures to reduce the miseries of the masses.

He stated, “Punjab has the potential to produce unlimited electricity under the 18th Amendment but the chief minister has taken no action despite having the authority to do so”.

Counting all the failed projects on finger tips, Kaira said billions of rupees had been wasted on Sasti Roti, Yellow Cab and employment schemes while Danish School project was also not viable.

Answering a query about Behria Town chief Malik Riaz, a central character of allegations leveled against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar, he said Riaz was a business tycoon since many years and the PPP rulers did not promote him to such a status.

Denying their involvement in the scandal, he said that the federal government had nothing to do with the case and that the PML-N was wrongly slanting it against them.

He claimed that real- estate-tycoon Malik Riaz was a favourite of Shahbaz Sharif since the former had helped the latter in launching the Ashiana Housing Scheme.