LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League ― Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif, after a gap of around three months, has started to lash out at President Asif Ali Zardari over his alleged corruption and vowed that his party after gaining victory in the upcoming general elections will bring out the country from the clutches of issues it faces.
Sharif, while addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at Punjab University, also criticised former president Pervez Musharraf over his 1999 coup and without taking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s name, criticised him over his slogan of change.
According to official details, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was due to address the ceremony but his elder brother Nawaz decided to attend the event. Nawaz has recently from London after two weeks.
According to party sources, PML-N’s MNA Khwaja Asif convinced Nawaz that he “should make headlines” before Khan whose party is due to have a public rally in Sialkot today.
“President Zardari, his government and all coalition partners are equally responsible for the corruption and problems which the country is facing,” said Nawaz.
He said that four years back, Zardari had forced PML-N to make a coalition government in the center and in Punjab but when his party observed that Zardari was not interested to change “his way of corruption” then they immediately stopped supporting Zardari and separated from the coalition government.
Nawaz had also initiated a movement against Zardari called “Go Zardari go” in October, 2011 to press the Pakistan Peoples Party-led coalition government to agree on PML-N’s conditions of an independent election commission, voters lists and caretaker set up.
After fulfilment of PML-N’s demands Nawaz had stopped criticising Zardari and also warned his party worker’s not to do so.
According to the party’s strategy, after the completion of the voters list in the month of May 2012, PML-N will start another fresh movement against Zardari for early election.
India’s prosperity due to democracy
Nawaz said that during his imprisonment, he watched a BBC talk show on the achievements of India on its 50th Independence Day in which former Indian prime ministers were invited.
He said that they unanimously agreed that Indian’s prosperity and progress was that it did not compromise over democracy and to uphold the sanctity of the ballot box. None of them gave a reference about India’s economy, nuclear assets or technology.
He said that in Pakistan, dictatorship has been nurtured and promoted which not only divided the country but also tried to not let the “small plant of democracy” to grow. He said that Musharraf had arrested judges, abrogated the constitution and put the country in the “darkest era of the world”.
Dictatorship divided nation
Nawaz, while giving the reference of March 23, said that on the same day in 1940 when Quaid-e-Azam addressed the public gathering at Minto Park, there were no Bengalis, Sindhis, Punjabis, Pathans or Baloch but now because of dictatorship, Bengalis have been separated and “Baloch are preparing” while others are in the pipeline.
He said that Pakistan’s victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup confused him as to who should he congratulate because Bangladesh was “once Pakistan’s part”. He vowed that after gaining power, PML-N would gather the public as a nation and would bring out the county from its issues.
Nawaz said that dictators have divided the country into “two parts” and reminded him of his imprisonment in Landhi Jail, Karachi, where according to him, he was kept in a small and the darkest cell.
‘Don’t be trapped by slogans of change’
The PML-N leader asked the youth to not be trapped by the “slogans of change” and urged that if they wanted to see the change then they should study PML-N’s track records with the help of their laptops.
He said that only PML-N could bring about a change in the country and reminded the students about the initiatives of the Punjab government. He said that PML-N, unlike others who talk about change, has a vision about change while others only have an agenda of how to put the public in the spell of change.
Nawaz said that his party has given laptops to the students instead of weapons and asked them to use them for positive purposes.
Shahbaz addressed the ceremony “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Karkonan” organized by Nazaria Pakistan Trust where he lashed out at Zardari as well.
Shahbaz while addressing “karkunan” (members) said that although his “elders” forbade him from criticizing Zardari, but he had made the disclosure of corruption of high-ups of Islamabad his mission.
Speaking at The Mall, Lahore, he said, “I could not live without divulging Zardari’s biggest corruption before the public” he added.
He said that on December 16, 1971 “drunken army generals” had divided the country into two parts. He said that Pakistan’s victory against Bangladesh has reminded the people about them.
Shahbaz said that it was unfortunate for the country that drone attacks are continued.
PML-N’s senior leaderships were present on the frontline of the stage and only Punjab University’s Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran was allowed to sit in second row of the stage while university’s other staff were not allowed to sit on the stage.