LAHORE: A day after the lukewarm welcome by the Punjab government, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that the “shine that the Sharif brothers have” was given by him and that he can “take it away any time.”
While openly criticising Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif at the Governor House in Lahore, he said that Lahore is Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) city and that the Sharif brothers are living as “migrants” there.
He also said that they did not have enough people to “even offer funeral prayers” of their father and had taken him to Data Darbar because of the number of people present at the shrine.
Earlier on Wednesday, when President Zardari arrived in Lahore no officials of the Punjab government arrived at the airport to greet him.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that it was a “lowly act” done by the president.
Speaking to Express News he said, “If Zardari terms the Sharif brothers as migrants, then he is surely unaware of the results of the past four elections.”
“It seems like he [Zardari] has gone mad. He can foresee that he is going to face awful consequences, which is why he is making such statements.”
“I cannot even believe that such shameful remarks were given by the president.”
Reacting to President Zardari’s statement, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted saying: “Guys do see Zardari’s statements now on TV channels. Wish he had kept this side of him hidden !! (sic)”