HYDERABAD: While Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) parliamentarians staged a sit-in outside the presidency in Islamabad to pressurise the government, their party chief Nawaz Sharif called upon people in President Zardari’s flood-hit hometown to support his party for a real change.
“Nawabshah is also the district of Nawaz Sharif,” he claimed on his third visit to flood-affected areas in Sindh in less than a month, after he landed here on Thursday. The PML-N president stressed the need for a revolution to create a new Pakistan, while addressing a public meeting in Daulatpur in Benazirabad. “Soon the time will come when the people of Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab will side with Nawaz Sharif.”
Sharif urged the youth to commit themselves to bring about a revolution in Pakistan. “People should no longer join politics to rule the country but to serve the nation to change the future of coming generations.”
He said people had supported him for the restoration of the judiciary and they would extend their support for ‘a PML-N-led revolution’. He said it was a pity that people in these areas were living in the same conditions since independence. “Calamities only devastate poor people’s lives for whom subsistence is survival but those who govern them remain indifferent to their miseries.”
“I have been asking President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to go from village to village and door to door to reassure people that their leaders feel their pain,” he added.
Sharif said the government should pay at least Rs100,000 to flood survivors besides compensation for loss of property, crops and livestock. “A mere Rs10,000 installment through Pakistan cards cannot be called financial assistance.”
Addressing a crowd in a village in Qazi Ahmed tehsil, Benazirabad, Sharif criticised the government’s relief efforts. “It’s known to everybody that the affected people have not been receiving aid.” He said his party had sent 625 trucks of foodstuff so far, “I will keep visiting Sindh to share flood survivors’ problems.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.
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