No one will be allowed to derail democracy, says Achakzai

Published: July 14, 2017
Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai address at a news conference at Quetta Press Club on July 13, 2017. PHOTO: PPI

Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai address at a news conference at Quetta Press Club on July 13, 2017. PHOTO: PPI

QUETTA: Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has reiterated his party’s unconditional support to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying no one would be allowed to derail democracy in the country in the name of accountability.

“Just targeting one person [PM Nawaz] and his family in the name of Panama leaks have no justification and it is a conspiracy against democracy and democratic institutions,” Achakzai said while addressing a news conference in Quetta on Thursday.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing offshore assets of the Sharif family indicted Premier Nawaz in its July 10th report submitted to the Supreme Court, saying “he is in possession of assets beyond known sources of income”.

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Achakzai said his party had formed an alliance with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the sake of democracy and it never supported undemocratic forces in the country for the last 60 years.

He sees hatching a conspiracy in the garb of investigation against the ruling family to close the chapter of democracy in the country. However, he warned that “PkMAP will not tolerate such attempt and resist it with full force”.

The PkMAP leader went on to say that he is not against the accountability but want that there should be no discrimination and investigation into corruption should be carried out against all those who had committed corruption.

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“Accountability also should be carried out against all those who broke the Constitution and disgraced parliament if investigation is continue against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” he added.

In the present situation, Achakzai said, no one is popular than Mian Nawaz Sharif and his party was supporting him for strengthening the democracy and rule of Constitution. “Millions of people will take to streets across the country as it happened in Turkey last year if the Constitution is touched or any attempt to do wrong with it.”

Replying to a question, Achakzai said corruption is biggest issue of Pakistan and there is need to convene a roundtable conference and joint session of parliament to discuss the issue to find out the suitable solution to root out the festering practice from our society.

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In a veiled reference to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the PkMAP chief questioned why investigation was not initiated against those who disgraced parliament by breaking its walls during the 126-day sit-ins in the Red Zone of Islamabad. “Why the authorities are not initiated probe into those sit-ins.”

Pakistan, Achakzai said, could not emerge as an Asian tiger and the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects could be implementing until peace is not restored across the country.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sean
    Jul 14, 2017 - 12:28AM

    Look at him, only one member party is saying this, but all his adult family members are enjoying in this Government so why not he should sing songs is Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 14, 2017 - 12:35AM

    Country comes before democracy. So stop this nonsense of about derailing democracy. No one is allowed to loot the country in the name of democracy, period!Recommend

  • Hussain
    Jul 14, 2017 - 2:55AM

    Who is this nobody?

    And Democracy is STRENGTHENED by removing Nawaz. He’s ONE man, he’s elected in the Parliament. Elect someone else. No one is dismissing the parliament. Only dismissing a corrupt individual and his family. And yes, this process of holding elected officials accountable should continue. In fact, Achakzai should be next. Why is NS the only one, let’s bring this nobody in so we can say cleaning is top to bottom, and then the middle.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 14, 2017 - 5:19AM

    I think what he means is NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO DERAIL CORRUPTIONRecommend

  • Khan
    Jul 14, 2017 - 6:35AM

    With the number of times Diesel and this fool are available for sale one is surprised they are not listed on OLX. HeheheRecommend

  • Sean
    Jul 14, 2017 - 6:46AM

    A confirmed double and foreign agent who received $10M from a foreign Government, interior ministry has record.Recommend

  • Ahmad Alvi
    Jul 14, 2017 - 7:44AM

    yeah only politicians are allowed to derail the democracy and throw the debris on other institutions.Recommend

  • Gopal
    Jul 14, 2017 - 7:53AM

    Very old man ranting and raving because his master is losing his job.
    Therefore old man will lose his. A moaning and a groaning miserably.Recommend

  • Khalid Latif
    Jul 14, 2017 - 9:22AM

    Mr Achakzai, times have changed. Are you implying that Nawaz Shari’s actual name is “Democracy”? After Qaed e Azam, the greatest leader we had, was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. As soon as he started imagining that he was, actually the Pakistan’s democracy, his l eadership started collapsing; for whatever reasons. Ultimately, he was hanged. Nothing happened. Similarly, if this democracy (Nawaz) is sent home or jail, rest assured, every thing will be fine. The country will be better off.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jul 14, 2017 - 2:31PM

    I always laugh when people, who along with their family members head a party for decades while keeping their generations as next to kin, talk about saving democracy. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jul 14, 2017 - 3:23PM

    No one is objecting to democracy, in democracies such Prime Ministers are put behind bars dont get supported!

    Did anyone ask him why did his brother killed a Police Inspector with his car while drunk?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jul 15, 2017 - 12:07AM

    Some one should tell this good old man that it s democracy in work that the Supreme Court is investigating the corruption case against his friend Sharif and co and being a democrat he should respect the courts decision. There is no need to become emotionaly involved in the conduct of the Prime Minister which is not honourable to say the least. He should have listened to his sister in law and return the money to the National treasury.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Parvez Gondal MD
    Jul 15, 2017 - 4:15AM

    Even though I left Pakistan about 45 years ago but I still worry about the country and I pray to God that people in Pakistan will wake up and remove this thief from his position forever. I think the only people that can remove is the army of Pakistan. And the only way Army can do is to strengthen the Judiciary which in turn can do the justice and remove him. But I think you do need the backing of the army otherwise this family and his crooked friends and son-in-law will try to crush the judiciary because Nawaz Sharif and his gang is very powerful obviously? If the Army does not do it because they are getting part of the loot then the only people can do this is the people of Pakistan. They have to wake up have courage and help of God to go on the streets and remove him like they did remove General Ayub Khan long time ago. I still remember that. The power of people is very strong if they decide to use it. I’m not too sure if i k has better sources and Power than Nawaz Sharif to tackle him. May Allah bless our country and I hope that people can remove this crooked person and his family from our Beloved Country because he is like a cancer and he is not going to go without killing the whole country unfortunately.Recommend

  • Parvez Gondal MD
    Jul 15, 2017 - 4:16AM

    Please don’t talk like that because democracy will be in danger. LOLRecommend

  • Parvez Gondal MD
    Jul 15, 2017 - 4:19AM

    @Khalid Latif:
    Unfortunately these uneducated politicians are just paid people to say whatever suits to the masterRecommend

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