KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chairperson and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the current government had thrown the country into turmoil in its five years of governance.
He made these remarks on Tuesday while addressing a press conference in Karachi with the chairperson of the PML-Functional (PML-F), Pir Pagara.
Defending his own record as Prime Minister, he said that he had always defended Pakistan’s supreme national interest around the world.
Referring to the 1998 nuclear tests as a proud moment in the nation’s history, he said, “When India said that they will teach Pakistan a lesson, instead of replying with a similar violent statement I went with six nuclear tests in response to their five tests.”
Commenting on the local situation in Karachi and Sindh, he said that the failure of the law and order situation in the city was a testament to the failure that the federal and provincial government’s law and order policies had become.
He further added that to save the people of Pakistan and people of Sindh, he has joined hands with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and National People’s Party and announced an electoral alliance with Pir Pagara and his party.
Earlier on Tuesday, PML-N had met Pir Pagara and other members of PML-F at his Karachi residence, where they discussed the course of action to be taken for the future. Many important decisions were made.
The salient features of the negotiations were:
- It has been decided that strong candidates from each party will be given seats to save the civilians from the worst government in Sindh’s history.
- Higher judiciary and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will be consulted to prevent rigging and ensure fair elections.
- Demanded the immediate expulsion of the existing governors and appointment of new governors
- Demanded setting up of a fair care-taker government and fair elections.
Denying links with LeJ
In response to the accusations of the People’s Party’s Sharjeel Memon, Sharif said that as government has nothing more to say, hence they are linking him to terrorist groups.
Memon had blamed PML-N of backing the terrorists who were responsible for the recent Quetta blast.
Commenting on his links to the extremist groups he said, “Right now the government is saying that PML-N is involved in the bomb blasts, later they will say that Nawaz Sharif is exploding bombs.”
Pir Pagara’s stance
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional also addressed the media during the press conference. He said, “Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) cannot win because they don’t have enough power in Punjab and they are almost non-existent in Frontier and Balochistan. Their entire focus is on Sindh and they will try to win seats from here by hook or by crook.”
Commenting on their exit from the coalition, he said, “If we would have been greedy for power, we wouldn’t have joined opposition. We want to work for the betterment of Pakistan.”