Chief of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif said that his party will not allow anyone to harm the country’s sovereignty nor will it stand by and watch parliament misused to shield corrupt rulers, while reiterating his belief in the supremacy of parliament.
The former premier was addressing a public gathering at Changa Gali in Galyat on the occasion of the death anniversary of late parliamentarian Haji Javed Iqbal Abbasi. He said Bangladesh was created by rulers in their lust of power in spite of the fact that Bangladeshis rendered great sacrifices for Pakistan. “We usurped their rights, nevertheless, they were not willing to part ways but we forced them to create a separate country,” he said without naming the PPP.
He said the credit for restoring the judiciary goes to his party for daring to challenge the might of military dictator General Pervez Musharraf. He said the PML-N would take to the streets if the government failed to obey the apex court’s decision and insisted on a head-on collision. “It would really land the government in trouble if we were to act on our promise, he warned. “The rulers should not take our sincerity as a sign of weakness.” Justifying his party’s support for the PPP’s government in the past, Nawaz Sharif said that it was in good faith for the sake of the nation’s prosperity. But he alleged that the PPP backtracked from its promises. He said the government’s policies had caused the country to regress while other countries were forging ahead. “If we continue to watch like silent spectators, the nation will never forgive us.”
Nawaz Sharif who served as MNA from NA 18 Galyat from 1993 to 1997 told the gathering that his party would bring about real development in the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2011.
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