PESHAWAR: Top opposition leader Nawaz Sharif launched a blistering attack on the government on Monday, accusing it of following the legacy of former dictator Pervez Musharraf and bringing the country on the verge of collapse.
Addressing party workers here at a local hotel, the head of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) said corruption, poverty, lawlessness, price hike and bad governance have made the lives of the public miserable. He asked the people to prepare themselves for a ‘green revolution,’ adding his party will never allow anyone to usurp people’s rights.
“The Charter of Democracy (CoD) was aimed at bringing an end to corruption, strengthening democracy in Pakistan and blocking the entry of dictators into politics, but the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has failed to keep its commitments to this effect,” said Nawaz.
He said he had extended support to government in the best interest of democracy and the country but the rulers failed to respond positively and further deepened the country’s crisis by deriding the judiciary and subverting all rules and regulations. He said the judiciary was forced to take suo motu notices but the government was not taking any action on court orders.
He pointed out that the government is busy accommodating incompetent people on important positions in national level organisations, thereby risking the country’s future.
He said price hike was wreaking havoc on the poor and no one was able to spend his life with dignity under the current government.
Sharif said that his party was committed to bringing about a ‘green revolution’ in the country with a focus on resolving public issues.
Talking about his party’s previous tenure in the government, Nawaz said his government had planned to make the country an ‘Asian tiger’ but Pervez Musharraf had foiled the plan. His government had initiated several mega projects including the motorway and had planned to connect the country to the Central Asian Republics, but it was toppled over by Musharraf, he added.
Sharif also claimed that the Kargil war was initiated by Musharraf without consulting him. However, when Musharraf could not defeat India, he requested Sharif to talk to the then American President Bill Clinton for bringing the war to an end.
He also held Musharraf responsible for the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and the Lal Masjid operation. He urged the people to take a stand on the resolution of their problems, adding that no one would be able to usurp their rights if they raised their voices against it.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2010.
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