RE - Former ISI chief General (r) Hameed Gul has called on PML-N Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at his residence in Raiwind and assured him an overwhelming participation by the ex-servicemen society in the 'long march' and sit-in.
Hameed Gul said they stand united with the lawyers' movement since its inception and will harness our maximum potential until the movement reaches its logical ends. He also condemned the disqualification decision and imposition of Governor Rule in Punjab. He termed the government's statement regarding threats of terrorism during the long march as baseless. He was of the opinion that there were no such threats for disturbing law and order situation or terrorism in long march.
During the meeting, PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif reiterated his resolve for making the protest a success and said, "We have made foolproof arrangements to join the long march and sit-in, taking effective measures to foil governments' tactics of stopping the revolution". He said the defining moment had come and now the whole nation should rise to the occasion to get rid of PCO judges, adding that the PML-N was struggling for the restoration of real democracy, free judiciary and supremacy of constitution in the country.
Similarly, during a meeting with Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms Zorica McCarthy, Nawaz Sharif has said that PML-N stands for politics of principles and wants to continue political struggle in a peaceful manner.
He said President Asif Ali Zardari was bent upon destroying the country and "he was committing misdeeds worse than Pervez Musharraf". He said the generals, who violated and desecrated the Constitution, should be ashamed of their acts and they should be beaten on their heads with sticks. "The whole country has been made a hostage by the presidential dictatorship," he added.
Terming independent judiciary essential to bring the country out of crises, he also condemned imposition of Governor Rule in the Punjab, saying it was an attempt to subvert long march and also resulted in the tragic attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore. He said President Asif Ali Zardari would have to pay heavy price if he did not restore the November 02, 2007 judiciary.
Nawaz maintained that neither his party would have lost the Punjab government nor he along with Shahbaz Sharif would not have been disqualified had they compromised on issue of restoration of judiciary and illegal additional marks given to Farah Hameed Dogar.
Australian High Commissioner on this occasion said her country wants a strong democracy in Pakistan.
Regional peace, internal situation and other related issues were also discussed in the meeting.