Sharif urges religious parties to devise agenda for Pakistan's betterment

Published: March 28, 2012

Sharif says PML-N would cooperate with religious parties willing to get Pakistan on track of prosperity, development. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday urged religious parties to jointly prepare a comprehensive plan for the betterment of Pakistan and said that his party would support it.

He said that PML-N would cooperate with all religious parties willing to get the country on the track of prosperity and development.

Sharif was addressing a conference titled “Istehkam-e-Pakistan, Hamari Zimedariayan” (stability of Pakistan and our responsibilities) at Jamia Naeemia at Garhi Shaho where he lashed out at the current Pakistan Peoples Party-led government and the previous government of Pervez Musharraf and held them responsible for load shedding and failure in tackling problems.

He said that load shedding had started in “dictator” Musharraf’s regime, but the current government, instead of decreasing it has increased it.

Sharif said that during his government in 1999 Pakistan was an electricity-rich country and was considering selling its surplus electricity to India.

He said that Musharraf, a then army official, had “bowed” before one telephone call of America while a waist-coat wearing civilian man like himself has never given in before the US.

The PML-N chief also said that terrorism had started in Musharraf’s era, contrary to which, his government had started many projects like the construction of dams and developing JF-17 Thunder fighter jets with China.

He said that the government could not be accredited for launching any projects for the betterment of the country which it could proudly  present before the nation nor has it planned to initiate any project in this regard.

He said that Pakistan has a lot of resources, but because of the lack of will no one has ever paid attention to utilising them.

The PML-N chief said that late Dr Sarfraz Naeemi had sacrificed his life fighting against terrorism and extremism and fulfilled his responsibility for the stability of the country.

Naeemi was killed by the suicide attacker in 2009 over his stance against Talibanisation in the country. Sharif said that his family has strong bounds with the Naeemi family for the last 65 years.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Blithe
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Nice speech!

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  • Bhatti
    Mar 28, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Check the seminaries & religious centers in Punjab first which are promoting religious intolerance, sectarianism and terrorism..

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  • Z.Khan
    Mar 28, 2012 - 4:34PM

    When I analyse his oratory and thought provoking speeches I start getting impressed from him. The moment I analyse his practical deeds my thoughts start getting mixed up with strange opinion about him. A very simple point which current Pakistani politicians are unable to understand is the separation of religion from state. Can the big Sherif quote example of any country on this planet where mixing up of religious and state affairs contributed to the development of that country. As long PML (N) does understand this basic point can forget to get a national character in the politics of Pakistan

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  • Abdul Mukhtar
    Mar 28, 2012 - 4:54PM

    @Blithe:
    PPP is going to rule this country for another 10 years just due to inefficient opposition leader like Nawaz Sharif,

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  • Much Amused
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:02PM

    NS has always used the religious parties to get power. He wants to take them for a ride a third time. Beware mullah parties for he speaks with a forked tongue.

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  • Faisel Hafeez
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Dear Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Please Stop Playing with Religion. We have an oversupply of it since the 5th.of July 1977. And the end result is for everyone to witness.
    Betterment of Pakistan lies in a Uniform System of Education for all.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Sorry Mian Sahib, I am your supporter but not blind like PTI supporters. You are asking cure from disease itself. You should be telling your plans of betterment and progress to them. If you don’t have any plan like Imran, then get one please, but not from religious parties.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Religion has created Pakistan and it will sink Pakistan as well . If really you want peace and prosperity there then try to declaire pakistan as a secular state without further delay .

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  • Abdul Mukhtar
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Actually,Nawaz Sharif is a “trustworthy” co-partner of Zardari!!!

    He is supposed to be the “right hand” of Zardari under the “mutual hidden pact”.
    Nawaz Sharif just wants to survive in the politics.

    He is not less destroyer of the country,,,than Zardari.

    To just come into the powers they use the shoulders of the religious parties.

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  • john smith from up west
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:51PM

    i thought you had a plan and an agenda or does your vision or lack off goes only as far as handing out laptops using taxpayer monies at great cost. also what will people do with 2nd. rate laptops when they have no electric mr problem solver do the math

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  • Ali
    Mar 28, 2012 - 7:23PM

    They don’t come any dumber than this…

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Remember the days,
    when you tremendously supported a dictator,
    who toppled a democratically elected government
    and executed the elected prime minister.

    History tell us,
    a military dictator targeted you and you were compelled to leave the country,
    you never forget,
    please keep in mind all and run the affairs of the state in cooperative manner and
    never create chances that any dictator cam in and repeat the history.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Court has issued warrant,
    he is accused of high treason,
    why you are creating circumstances,
    which pave the way of military might to enter into the power’s corridors and he come back.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 8:16PM

    First time,I support the statement of Mian Nawaz Sharif
    as national leader.

    No doubt, PPP has failed to show its political credibility,
    and in this way, affairs of the state are beyond the control,
    in such circumstances we are need full of each other cooperation
    that is must and indispensable.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Nation this time passing through a long dark tunnel
    there is no light looks at the end of it,figures in power
    are needful your assistance if you would have to provide
    yesterday would find cooperation,because future of your league
    are bright there are chance you may gain power.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 8:33PM

    With your assistance,17the amendment and 20th amendment
    came into existence,
    some more matters require your cooperation,please move forward
    and get the nation out of power crisis it will increase your popularity
    among the public.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Government of gates,waiting last push.

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  • Jibran
    Mar 28, 2012 - 10:02PM

    And he calls himself a leader, while always looking at others for the solutions. He’s no leader, he is just a follower. Follow Zia, ISI, Ghulam Ishaq, Aslam Beg, Mullahs, Chaudhry Iftikhar, Street Protests, and now Mullahs again. I guess the cycle continues.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 29, 2012 - 12:08AM

    They already believe what they’re doing is for Pakistan’s betterment. They also believe those who don’t agree with what’s already stated is against them. There’s no room for debating it. That’s primarily what’s wrong with them.

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  • Victor
    Mar 29, 2012 - 12:52AM

    Leader of second largest party, asking other party leaders to get a solution, I wonder who is his political adviser…!Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2012 - 1:02PM

    Instead of begging them, he should have threatened them kicking out of Pakistan.

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