LAHORE: Urging the country’s enthusiastic youth to stage a long march against deteriorating situation in the country, Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that if the government had concentrated more on restructuring national economy and fixing people’s problems, the country would never have had to opt for the Kerry-Lugar Bill.
He was discussing the emergent political situation with a delegation of party workers and divisional coordinators from Sindh, including Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur, at his Model Town residence.
Appealing to the youth to support in his efforts against the federal government, he said long march was the only way to change things.
PML-N central leader Ghous Ali Shah briefed Nawaz Sharif about the party’s re-organisation in Sindh, particularly in remote rural areas.
Accusing the federal government of negligence, he said that it had been avoiding solving the issues confronting smaller provinces. He also suggested Nawaz to use the term ‘long march’, asserting that it was a popular slogan among the people of Sindh.
Advocating ‘revolution’ to resolve pressing public problems, Nawaz said: “If government had concentrated more on restructuring national economy, the country would never have had the need to opt for Kerry-Lugar Bill.”
Reminding the audience that the government has failed in implementing PML-N’s 10-point economic agenda, he said that if they had been able to achieve target set by his party, he would have continued to support the PPP-led government.
Criticising the government for discarding his suggestion on how to help the flood victims, he said that the federal government had mocked his proposals, which were only meant for the betterment of the people.
Terming it ironic, he said that for the first time in the country’s political history, the PPP demanded of him to indemnify a dictator’s illegal actions. He said that he was shocked to hear top PPP leadership suggest the move. He said that he had replied that he could quit politics, but would never provide a legal cover to any dictator.
Berating the PPP, he said that unlike the PPP of the past which defied dictators, the PPP of the present gave a guard of honour to Musharraf, instead of arresting him, adding that Musharraf had given the country only lawlessness and power outages.
Stressing the need for resolving the problems of the people of rural Sindh and abolishing feudalism, he reminded his party workers that he had given ownership of thousands of acres of land to landless peasants during one of his tenures.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif continued attacking the top PPP leadership, accusing it of being responsible for the “injustice with Punjab government”.
He was talking with a 28-member delegation of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
Referring to gas outages, he said that shortage of gas supply was causing a heavy loss to the province’s economy.
He said that hundreds of thousands of workers had been rendered jobless, while export orders worth billions of rupees cancelled.
Shahbaz Sharif said that he had always advocated the rights of industrialists and traders and was also with them on the important issue of gas outages.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2011.