The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that his party had no enmity with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and country can have a safe future in the presence of people who devote themselves to the democracy.
He said that assaults on the democracy may increase if the government does not deliver.
The N-League chief said the PML-Q and MQM by voicing support for the long march have proved that they are politics from both ends. He said these two parties should mend their ways before the long march at the least.
Nawaz said it was hard to comprehend that against whom the long march is being conducted and on the basis of what ideology the government allies – MQM and PML-Q – are supporting this march. He said Deputy Prime Minister Pervaiz Elahi is a kind of person who supports dictatorship and democracy simultaneously.
Nawaz said the PPP did not implement the Charter of Democracy, not they fulfilled their promises of the 2008 general elections. He said the 17th amendment in the constitution could have been ended in a single day, but the process was stretched for two years.
He also expressed concern over delay in release of the Abbottabad commission report.
The PML-N chief warned that the situation in Balochistan cannot set in order if grievances of the people are not addressed, stressing that the people of the province are democratic and talk about it despite the threats. He said the situation in Balochistan may go out of control if the real leadership of the province was hindered.
Nawaz recalled that when the PML-N was in power in the centre it had very good working relationship with the Sardar Mengal government in Balochistan. He admitted that he was persuaded by his “own people” to remove the Mengal government and install PML-N’s government in Balochistan. He also admitted that the PML-N government’s performance in Balochistan was zero as compared to the Mengal government. He said his government’s chief minister during his visits to Islamabad used to salute the army chief first, but Mengal did not salute the army chief during his Islamabad visits.
Expressing concerns over the incidents occurring across Line of Control, the PML-N chief urged the government to hold discussions over the issue as the gunshots are being fired across the border. He said at present Pakistan and India are the only countries in the world where soldiers die in border firing.
The situation in Karachi, he underscored, is extremely bad; consequently, traders do not prefer to go to Karachi, they travel to Dubai instead.
Voicing pride to have participated in the struggle to restore the judiciary, he said the credit regarding present parliament’s full tenure, goes to all, adding that the government should have fulfilled people’s expectations.
The power crisis that sprang up in Musharraf era, exists still today, he added.