Zardari, coalition govt equally responsible for corruption: Sharif

Published: March 23, 2012

PML-N stopped supporting Zardari because of 'his corruption', says Nawaz. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

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 Sharif

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.

Reader Comments (56)

  • Mar 23, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Spending 3 Crores on ceremony to distribute Laptops worth 2 Crores; it sure is PML-N’s way of doing things.
    Couldn’t all the laptops be distributed to the students in their classes by their teachers? The ceremonies alone, in all cities, must have cost more than the cost of Laptops distributed. But then POLITICS is more important than purpose. Alas.
    Jiye Politics. :(

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  • Faisal Memon
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:32PM

    Would you mind telling people how to generate electricity, produce gas and generate employment using Laptops..Einstein?

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  • khan
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:45PM

    why is he distributing these laptops….??..is he part of the government….??…or is it from his own pocket as a charity.?…what’s going on…??..

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  • Baloch
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:47PM

    He is absolutely right, Nawaz sharif you are the final hope to the poor people of Pakistan.

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  • umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:50PM

    I got the laptop but i still think it’s a waste money just tk increase vote bank among the studentz, laptopz are luxury not necessity, this money could have been spent to help the needy ones, lots of projects could have been started with this money helping thousand of unployed people but instead the corrupt govt decided to waste tax payers money on the dual core laltops which wont worth anything in nxt 2 years just for their political drama, this shows how much selfish leadership of pml-n…..

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  • Rehman
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Instead of giving laptops You should have build Universities in south punjab. Laptops are useless there is no electricity.

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  • 3footninja
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:00PM

    A wise man once said: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for life
    The Sharif’s don’t even know what this means…

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  • Asad
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Mehran brothers please give free roti to the poor as well.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:07PM

    How about jobs? What do I care about a damn ‘Laptop’ when I don’t have an opportunity to earn three square meals for my family and myself. C’mon get real!Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2012 - 2:10PM

    Spending 3 Crores on ceremony to distribute Laptops worth 2 Crores; it sure is PML-N’s way of doing things.
    Couldn’t all the laptops be distributed to students in their classes by their teachers? The ceremonies alone, in all cities, must have cost more than the cost of Laptops distributed. But then POLITICS is more important than purpose. Alas.
    Jiye Politics. :(

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  • Parvez
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:32PM

    People don’t want yellow cabs, green tractors or black lap-tops.
    What they want is honest governance, across the board law and justice, real education, religious tolerance, sensible economic and foreign policies.

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  • furqan
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:36PM

    the price of vote is now from Rs500 to US$500.

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  • Narowali
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Then who gave weapons to MSF in my college??

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  • Zeffos
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:47PM

    You gave them the fish, not the skill to go fishing themselves.

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  • Azmat Ali
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Good very Good Initiative.
    I think PMLN has the ability to change the course of development, education and economy.
    Rightly said
    “We did not fight [the war] as Bengalis, Sindhis, Pathans, Baloch or Punjabis ― we fought the war as Pakistanis. So how did we disperse into these ethnicities? Because of dictatorship… dictatorship split us.”

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  • Sohail Malik
    Mar 23, 2012 - 2:56PM

    let c that how these laptops bring the change in youth’s perception of pmln

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  • Salim
    Mar 23, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Now a days terrorist uses laptops lot more than weapons

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  • PARDESI
    Mar 23, 2012 - 3:29PM

    This is how institutions are destroyed and humilated when the politicians start to dole out money in this case computer as a bribe to get votes. What would have been better is to strike a deal with the education department of Punjab or whomsoever with in the education board. This reinforces institutions and does not reflect that its a bribe.

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  • WB
    Mar 23, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Please go and eat niharis and leave the politics to PTI; your days are over. You are as corrupt and incompetent as PPP

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  • WB
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @Azmat Ali: Oye Bhai jan, PMLN doesn’t even have the ability to conduct Matric and FSC exams. I cannot understand how any sane person can support PMLN & PPP; they are both the same

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  • salman
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Well, Nawaz sure did make the headlines….too bad he doesn’t have anything worthwhile to say…

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 4:33PM

    No one look at the person,
    sitting at the gate of the factory,
    and waiting the power to come.

    No one look at man,
    who is coming to house
    having in hand 500 grams flour,

    Police beats those,
    participating in protest against load shedding,
    the authority to order beaten charge,subsequently
    visit the hospital and see injured and announce lacks
    of Rs.on the deaths.

    palaces are being constructed,
    and majority of people has started to wait
    the expected Tsonami which would drifted all including hypocrisy.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Look at the Asgher Khan’s petition in the Apex court,
    corruption,corruption and corruption.

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:46PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA: SS took notice and the Expense was NOT 3 corers… 84 lakh – but yes event his is too much.
    However, we should not stop criticsing. Criticism always puches a man forward n work hard n better! keep it up!

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  • Ali Wazir
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:47PM

    My Irony meter just exploded…

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:48PM

    @khan: I am amused when ppl ask why is Nawaz distributing laptops…Anyone – who the govt wants – can be the chiefguest… n Oh…btw he is the head of teh ruling party ! Thats Why!!!!

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Injection of 125000 laptops in 2 months in an economy like pakistan will do bring change among ppl – with respct to awareness, education, socialism n knowledge!
    Pitty on Those Who are Bent to Criticse without Looking on the Postive Side!!!

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  • Democrat
    Mar 23, 2012 - 4:52PM

    imran khan can do a jalsa of 50 thousand people in any part of the country, PML(Laptop) cannot bring even 20 thousand people so i think this laptop jalsa is the biggest ever jalsa in election year for PML(Laptop) … look at the stage..does it look like a university? the bogus degree holders sitting in the front row while the VC sitting in the 2nd and the honourable professors are not even allowed to sit..but i am glad as i do not want these teachers sitting in a row with bogus degree holders…what other desperate measures can the PML(Laptop) take? i am sure these laptops are not going to last till the election…so PML(Laptop) demand earlier election or all this is in vain…

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Financial aid within very short time is expected,
    Gas pipe line from Iran to Pakistan within very short time is expected,
    power plant has been purchased which buldoze electricity short fall is also expected.

    Everything is expected and every one living in the country has been covered in expectations..

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  • Ris
    Mar 23, 2012 - 5:10PM

    What an irresponsible statement. So basically he is saying that if everybody is doing it then its acceptable for them to do it? Wow!

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Mar 23, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Spending 3 crores in ceremony to distribute laptops worth 2 crores is better than spending 3 crores for a tsunami that takes all the chairs with it

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  • NA
    Mar 23, 2012 - 5:40PM

    @Aamer Khawaja:
    Yea, but PTI dosn’t waste public funds on laptops and publicity, they raise money and they have sponsors

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  • Mobiboy
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:03PM

    @Faisal Memon:
    LOL Good point

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  • Mobiboy
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:07PM

    @Umair:
    People can use laptops for other reasons too :P, if he is so sincere about this his govt should allow merited students something more useful like scholarships outside or something

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 6:07PM

    @umair:
    but u should have rejected it too, PML N is also friend of these looters

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 6:16PM

    What you talking about,
    you are in power.
    be exposed your credibility and created new directions.
    get the country from the crisis.

    Bhutto,
    who had great loyalty for Pakistan,
    no doubt,he had saved the drowning boat of country,
    like him,be played a unique role,please come forward,
    don’t wait more crisis.

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  • Abdul
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:24PM

    “So how did we disperse into these ethnicities? Because of dictatorship… dictatorship split us.” Oh WOW! Born in the hands of dictators! Had hai yaar!

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  • Stewie
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Change? Please Mian Sahib be a little bit serious? What sort of change will u bring to this nation? You gave us Asif Zardari when u decided to join hands with him which no one actually remembers and then he fooled you out which everyone remembers. Then you defended the democracy and you were the main obstruction in every possible step to get rid of the govt. And you started talking about change after the Oct 30 PTI Rally.

    Stop fooling us and stop making a fool of yourself.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Service is conditional,
    in case, you are a true leader of the nation remove the condition
    and get the country from the crisis.

    Imran is also saying the same,
    first make him prime minister then he would bring a noteworthy change.

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  • Aamir Farooq
    Mar 23, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Confused over whom to congratulate on Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh because Bangladesh was once part of Pakistan?
    Strange. Pakistan was once part of India. We know whom to congratulate when Pakistan wins against them. He should respect Bangladesh’s independence and congratulate his own side on the occassion. IF HE IS A PATRIOT. Confused himself and confusing the Nation as well with his shallow thinking.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Innocent dear has been surrounded by the blood hound,
    they are eating the deer,who is going to finish,animals are
    not merciful.
    Huge wealth has been deposited in the foreign banks,they have also business in foreign countries,looted money is being invested there,they have also built houses there,it mean they are moving forward under a planed approach.nation is sleeping,hope would rise apprehended them in time.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 7:06PM

    On a hand cart,
    children for sale,
    it is sign of financial injustice and good governess.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 7:15PM

    He had gone abroad and remained there for three months,
    now has come back because general elections a head,good
    very good,he is admirable.
    Forget Zardari,focus on common man’s problems and the circumstances poor people of the country are being faced.

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  • Mar 23, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Have you seen tears,rolling done from their eyes.
    I am talking about Bangladeshi cricket players,they love their country’s honor.
    What we are doing,distributing money for toppling each other government.

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  • ufaquarian
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @Aamer Khowaja – PTI jalsa’s are open to all , people like u may attend it with one objective to steal the chairs, what can PTI do to prevent it ? We are hopeful that despite stealing chairs / food from these jalsas , one day u will give it up InshaAllah !

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  • khan
    Mar 23, 2012 - 9:49PM

    @umair…really…have u ever hear labour party any opposition leader distributing prizes in the developed world…??..what kind of logic is this…??..where in the world government money is distributed by the head of opposition party..??..where does this happpen.??..oh i know….the land where people like u live and try to justify it…

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:21PM

    @Mobiboy: Laptops are not important. just imagine pakistan with 125000 Less computers or atleast imagine yourself without one. hopefully it will tell you about its importance. Sex and porn is not the only thing we have on computer….its Awareness!!!!
    read details if u want to get your facts straight: http://www.peef.org.pk/

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:22PM

    @Pakistan politics: i have along list where i can and I do criticise PML N – esp nawaz. but Why on Earth shoudl i criticise every work/prkect which are actully good for nation cum youth.

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:24PM

    @Abdul:
    no one can change the past – its a fact…but you can change yourself. PML N is effective an anti-establishment party….accept it! I dont ask you to vote for them.. atleast accept the fact courageous boy :)

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:31PM

    @khan:
    Khan Sb. developed worlds are way ahead. the fact that distribution of laptops has become a major event of the country tells that we are lagging very much behind… They ahd nawaz shrif the chief guest and that can be anyone – just use your big brain. didnt you ever have a prize distribtuon ceremony at your college/school/uni… it common sense.

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @khan:
    Money: No No.. dot call it money. just go through the Terms of Agreement with Dell which one the bid (open to media)…..No corription – atleast have Guts to appriciate.. dont vote if u dont want to – that is ur basic right!
    more than 80% of students belong to a Humble Background and they are gettting it as a Reward – Not Everyone is getting ‘em!

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  • Umair
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:35PM

    @khan: Oh… sorry missed a point… they are Opposition if Federation… In PUNJAB they are in GOVT……do u live in Pakistan?

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  • Frederick D Boaz Chaudhry
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:04PM

    @khan:
    khan you know why two brothers are distributing laptops out of government funds, to buy votes for their premiership or presidency in the forthcoming general elections. I do not think that people are going to cast votes to ppp and pmln or maulvi insaf tehrik. Some one else is winning in next.
    God is gracious, He is going to make a lenient person a premier or president.Amen.

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  • thewhigs
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:58PM

    @Baloch:

    “Final hope”? For what? Completely emptying Pakistan’s coffers (of what’s left)?

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  • Champ
    Mar 24, 2012 - 2:51AM

    It would have been nice if they had set up Computer labs with desktop computers all over punjab , i am pretty sure … 2000 computer labs would have been set up with that much money.

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  • Umair
    Mar 24, 2012 - 5:01PM

    @Champ: start reading newspapers… already 4000 computer labs have been established with the cooperation of Inbox and Microsoft – all over Punjab in Public schools!!!

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