KARACHI - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif on Thursday signed a seven-point charter of alliance with Sindh United Party (SUP), a Sindhi nationalist group, with an aim to struggle for achieving an independent foreign policy, protecting geographical boundaries of the Sindh and striving for maximum autonomy to the province after coming into power.
In his speech, Sharif held the military dictators responsible for lack of development and deterioration of the country and vowed that the political parties will not accept the extra constitutional step in future.
Nawaz also criticised the PPP’s incumbent government and its allies, terming the ruling ally a ‘team with vested interests’ having no principles. PML-N chief said the Centre and Sindh government had been failed to stop extortion and killings which were continuing in Karachi.
Quoting the verdict of the Supreme Court in a suo moto case on Karachi, PML-N chief said political parties in Karachi had armed wings and everyone knew that which party was involved in such incidents.
He termed the agreement with the SUP a major political development not only for the Sindh but for Pakistan too. He said his party would make alliance with the likeminded parties which had democratic agenda and believed in the politics of values instead of power. He said secret of development was lying in a system evolved after the independent and transparent elections.
Referring the personal allegations by the politicians, PML-N chief said he did not believe in politics of allegations but the constructive criticism. He also referred to some TV anchor persons who, according to him, had criticised the politicians after receiving money from others.
Sharif advised the people to adhere to the national vision, which could end the social, political and economic disparities prevailing in the provinces.
Recalling two terms of his governments, PML-N Quaid said provincial harmony was present during his government as Baloch leadership including Nawab Akbar Bugti and Sardar Akhtar Mengal were part of his ruling coalition. Even Shaheed Benazir Bhutto supported his legislation of abolishing Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, he recalled. The policies of the present government were creating disharmony among the federating units, Sharif alleged.
PML-N Quaid said he was committed to protect geographical boundaries of the Sindh province.
Without mentioning the name, PML-N chief criticised PTI chief Imran Khan saying people who had been talking to eliminate corruption in 90 days and end the loadshedding from the country were actually betraying the masses. He said doing the politics and ruling the country were not child’s play. He said the corruption was rampant in the country, national sovereignty was at stake and law and order was deteriorating in the country especially in Karachi. There was no writ of the government in the country, Sharif said, adding that there was no sense of security among the people. He said merit in recruitment process was absent in the Sindh government, even vacancies in the police was being filled on political basis.
He opined that present ruling coalition which supports the federal government in Islamabad was a ‘team of people with vested interests who had no principles.
Sharif claimed that situation in the Punjab province was difference, where rule of merit and justice was prevailing in the government sectors.
Earlier, while talking to media persons at his arrival in the city at Karachi Airport, Sharif said the entire world knew at whose behest, the references were being opened against him and his family.
Meanwhile, as per the seven-point charter of alliance signed between the PML-N and SUP, both parties have agreed to contest the upcoming general elections jointly. Both parties will support each other’s candidates, through a seat adjustment formula to be decided by mutual understanding.
The agreement envisages maximum autonomy to the provinces in the ambit of Constitution. The true spirit of provincial autonomy will be adhered to. The territorial and geographical boundaries of Sindh province will be protected. The NFC award will be improved. Indus water accord will be implemented in letter and spirit. Strong and effective measures will be taken to combat all forms of religious and sectarian and ethnic violence and terror in Sindh. Pakistan will follow independent foreign policy. Effective measures will be taken against the menace of corruption and bad governance.
On this occasion, chief of SUP Jalal Mehmood Shah and Shah Muhammad Shah welcomed Sharif and said like the Balochistan province, the deprivation and uncertainty was increasing in the Sindh province.
Later, Mian Nawaz Sharif visited the house of Liaqat Jatoi, who was federal minister in Pervez Musharraf Government but recently joined the PML-N. Besides, PML-N Qaid visited the house of Sardar Manzoor Panhwar, who was also part of the Pervez Musharraf and recently joined the PML-N.
Agencies add: Sharif said earlier his government had conducted atomic blasts and now they will carry out an ‘economic blast’.
Talking to the journalists upon his arrival at the Karachi airport he said everyone knew about the people who were instrumental in reopening NAB cases against Shahbaz Sharif and him, and were running anti-PML-N media campaigns.
Commenting on news reports of an army takeover, Nawaz said these were just rumours and media should behave responsibly. He vowed to go for an economic blast in the country this time round, if shown into powers.
Sharif said aids campaign and reopening of NAB cases were aimed at defaming his credibility and he was well aware of the elements behind it.