KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri continued on the warpath against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, hours after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief called for a protest movement in the wake of the prime minister’s conviction by the Supreme Court.
“Nawaz Sharif is such a man that he understands what he has said only after he’s uttered the words,” Marri said. “We have said that we have the right to appeal the decision.”
At a briefing at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Media Cell, Marri questioned if Sharif was actually following the Charter of Democracy he had signed with the late PPP chairperson and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, because his actions told a different story.
Marri said that while the PPP had always respected the judiciary and its prime minister had gone thrice to court, the PML-N now claims to be a supporter of the judiciary even though its workers had besieged the court in 1997.
“Nawaz Sharif aisa chor hai jiski daarhi mai tinka tang karraha hai,” Marri said. She referred to his ‘dreams’ of being Amirul Momineen, his support for former president General Ziaul Haq (“who he calls a martyr” and offered a long list of allegations. “Nawaz Sharif took money from Osama bin Laden to overthrow Benazir Bhutto’s government,” Marri said. “Qazi Hussain Ahmed (of the Jamaat-e-Islami) had said this in an interview at which Nawaz Sharif was very upset.” She also claimed that “the PML-N is a party which has a relationship with the Taliban,” referring to a speech by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif where he asked militants to leave Punjab alone.
The Sindh information minister also questioned Sharif’s newfound love for the people of Sindh, asking how a man who would ask for Punjab to rise up had suddenly started chanting in favour of Sindh.
She also hit out at Sharif for suggesting that the PPP was a dynastic party, and said that the real heirs of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were party workers who had inherited his ideology.
Marri said the PPP was “still facing people like General Ziaul Haq.” In a more personal remark, she asked reporters to read journalist Kim Barker’s book ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ to learn more about Sharif’s morals. The book reportedly features a series of off-the-record remarks by Sharif, including an offering of an iPhone to Barker as a gift.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.