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.