PPP, PML-N lash out at each other

Published: May 10, 2011
Chaudhry Nisar gave a fiery speech accusing both the military and civilian leaders of incompetence and deceit. PHOTO: FILE

Chaudhry Nisar gave a fiery speech accusing both the military and civilian leaders of incompetence and deceit. PHOTO: FILE

Tempers flared in the National Assembly session on Monday as leaders from the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) traded incendiary allegations against each other.

Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave a fiery speech, accusing both the military and civilian leaders of incompetence and deceiving the Pakistani people, demanding an independent national commission to investigate the events of May 2, when a US special forces  unit killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a ‘black’ operation in Abbottabad.

“The nation wants to know how Bin Laden and his family lived in a highly fortified city,” said Nisar in his speech. “What sort of help did Pakistan extend to the US to reach him? We also want to know why the government remained oblivious of the 40-minute operation when all of Abbottabad city was awakened by it. What is the response time of our forces in case of such infringement of our borders?”

Nisar continued his streak of being unusually critical of the military and intelligence services, accusing them of being “asleep” during the US raid. He went as far as questioning the sincerity of the military in protecting the country’s nuclear arsenal, saying “If we cannot protect them, we may hand them over to the US.”

Even though Nisar’s speech was most critical of the military and intelligence services, Interior Minister Rehman Malik went ballistic in response, accusing the PML-N of being funded by Bin Laden and “feeling orphaned after his death.”

“I have proofs that it was the PML-N leadership that brought Bin Laden from Sudan through a special C-130 flight,” claimed Malik. “He was their close ally. He funded them. A case is still pending with the Supreme Court regarding the PML-N’s funding. Why don’t they ask the court to take it up?”

Malik’s remarks were met with applause from the treasury benches, including his cabinet colleagues and the prime minister.

Nevertheless, his comments were incendiary enough to even send some of the government’s allies scurrying as they distanced themselves from them. Munir Orakzai, the parliamentary leader of MNAs from Fata, went as far as to call Malik a ‘liar’. The PML-N lawmakers shouted slogans during Malik’s speech and walked out of the house.

For all the partisan rancour in the National Assembly, the PML-N agreed to the government’s suggestion for a closed-door session of parliament for next Friday to discuss the matter, though Nisar insisted that the session be more meaningful than a similar briefing held two years ago, which had addressed the country’s counter-terrorism strategy.

The PML-N has also accused the PPP-led government of having abdicated its role in foreign policy and national security matters to the
military leadership.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Arindom
    May 10, 2011 - 8:43AM

    And through all this the Kayani-Pasha due must be smiling!Recommend

  • sharay alam
    May 10, 2011 - 9:33AM

    The ppp has been on a preplanned racist campaign against punjabis.They’ve played the sindh card over & over again whenever any of their corruption or incompetence has been exposed.

    we’ve seen how they’ve reopened bhutto’s case to blacmail the army & judiciary by running ads to inflame sentiment against punjab.

    we saw how pml-n’s offices & hotels were burnt in karachi when shahbaz sharif made an innocuous statement calling for the division of sindh like punjab.It was a fair statement.
    When the ppp publicly on every forum,in jalsas,on tv channels,in speeches says that it is committed to breaking up punjab then it’s only fair that new provinces be created out of all the other 3 provinces also.

    it can’t be that only punjab is deliberately targetted for division but nothing is done about the other provinces.Karachi itself has a population of over 20 million & the majority is of migrant community who speak urdu,gujrati,memoni & not sindhi so they definitely deserve to have a new province of their own.Recommend

  • abc teen age
    May 10, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Where where PML – N Ledearship at the release time of Remond Devis ? out side the country ? how funny and talking about the May 2nd.

    I feel PAK ARMY should give strong reply. and we know our ARMY is true and we LOVE themRecommend

  • Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 9:42AM

    I truly agree with rehman Malik. PML(N) is extrmely conservative party. Last time in power, Nawaz wanted to be an Islamic Ameer.

    The current problem in Pakistan is that Pakistan does not have a clear strategic vision. Asia is busy playing catch up with the west. In Pakistan, we are trying to move backward. Instead of spending money on education (especially women;s education), infrastructure, basic and export industries and new technoglies (biotech and information technology), parties like PML (N), Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Ilsami are trying everything to make Pakistan isolated so that the semi-litrate, extremely poor masses filled with hatred for India and West will rise up and turn Pakistan into Somalia or Aghanistan, where people fight each other because they know nothing else.

    Pakistan needs more liberal and moderates to speak up and not to be afraid of the Fundamentalists.

    Good work Mr. Malik.,Recommend

  • fatima akram
    May 10, 2011 - 9:44AM

    the ppp in recent time has exposed itself as a purely ethnic party with not a single federal bone in its body.Trying to break up pakistan every time their theft & plunder is exposed is a dangerous game played with the unity of pakistan.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    May 10, 2011 - 10:05AM

    The public of Pakistan is asking same questions from the military and civilian leadership. But these stupid Malik’s and their parties are not getting the gravity of situation and doing same old blaming politics.

    If they had an iota of patriotism, all of them would have resigned owing to failure in protecting the country from foreign intrusion.

    When are we going to get rid of such people ?? Recommend

  • nasim+ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Speeches dont solve anything,present Govt is a bunch of liers and oppertunists who are there to make money by any means,they may even sell our country for petty gains.Time has come that preparations should be made to oust this Govt through ballot.Recommend

  • dextor
    May 10, 2011 - 10:19AM

    reman malik should think before speaking …he speaks like hotel waiters….and ch nisar like conductor of bus…I have a question to these politicans…is this time to fight like childrens…u better deserve to sit on railway stations rather assemblies…Recommend

  • Zeenate Jehan Khan
    May 10, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Too late for ML-N to realize that much water has flown down the bridges of national sovereignty in last three years of his mentors’ ‘mumafti politics’ to not let democracy derail of one man made virtual king,the President no matter country and its independence.No use crying over split milk.Better also criticize your leaders policies.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    May 10, 2011 - 11:06AM

    @Hammad Ali:
    Should we not invite the same group that brought the change of Regime in Afghanistan and
    Iraq! Since we ourselves do not have the Moral Courage to change our self-centered way of
    life. As a nation can we not file petitions in the five High Courts that this government and the
    five legislatures be dissolved and an interim government be set up who besides running the normal mill of the administration to give good governance. Should also reduced by law the number of political parties to Five; when these parties and their leaders actually hold proper
    democratic elections within their parties, then hold general elections nationwide. I Know many hard working and honest people living in all four provinces though many retired and old, but they can bring our nation out of the doldrums and away from the abyss to which we
    are being led by this government.Recommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 11:25AM

    I fully agree with Rehman Malik that itt was nawaz sharif who was very sympathetic with osamasitation of Pakistan and the popular talk in the town was that Nawaz will become Amirulmominin.They all wanted to bring osamas Saudi Arabia in Pakistan.I agree with Rehman Malik that Nawaz has become orphan.Recommend

  • MJEE
    May 10, 2011 - 11:37AM

    There should be a high powered judicial investigation conducted to probe the security lapse, the intelligence lapse, failure to react while the operation was going on and most importantly the trail to lead to others. It is unacceptable that the elected PM thought it fit to leave on a foreign visit to France, when Pakistan and its people were in the midst of their worst security crisis since the 1971 debacle. After all if the PM thought that his presence in Pakistan was not required, than MAY I ASK WHY HAVE HIM AT ALL AS OUR PM. Time for accountability both within our security apparatus and the political executive, so that at least our PRIORITIES are fixed. Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Punjab government was running peacefully,
    there was no rift no disputed issue no crisis
    on the provincial level,
    but N league unilaterally announced separation,
    in this way a political crisis deliberately created.

    After this,
    Raymond Devise case appeared,
    there was no option for his release except QASAS
    it was paid and he was released,
    but Punjab government refused every thing or act
    played by it,nevertheless that jail was in punjab
    in which he was kept,prosecution belonged to Punjab
    and occurrence had been taken in Punjab,but they said
    they knew nothing about the case and his release.

    Now the matter of Osama,
    they are putting all the burden on the center,
    not ready to say any singe word in favor of federal government.

    It is not cooperative behave,
    circumstances need unity and cooperation
    to facing the grave crisis which covered sovereignty of the state.

    We are still failed to understand what N league leadership want,it seem they want more internal
    and external crisis,they want unrest on the name of peace and economic stability,
    what they want really.

    On the other hand,PPP still going on reconciliation policy,according to them,Punjab government will never disturb and cooperation with N league continued,despite of it the way has been adopted by N league leadership is not understandable.

    That is reason with reference of N league’s popularity’s countdown has begunRecommend

  • Patriot
    May 10, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @sharay alam:
    Hey racism is also very much from ‘sher-e-punjab’ party. Remember they represent only a particular region of punjab. Heard the slogan “Jaag punjabi jaag”? As for autonomy people in different areas of Punjab are demanding this. No such noise in other provinces.

    Having said that I do believe this govt has been a disasterous failure.Recommend

  • May 10, 2011 - 2:03PM


    What do wise and determined nations do at the hour of acute crisis ?

    Does PML-N want PAF to shoot down US SEAL Helicopters ?

    Does they comprehend repercussions of such action ?

    Does PML-N and other chest drummers know that 12 USAF F-35 were circuiting close to Pak Afghan border during the night of 1 May at the time of Abbotabad Operation ?

    Does some people wanted a dog fight and show down between PAF and USAF ? which could result in further loss of some F-16 of PAF.

    Why some people does not understand that PAF can fight back IAF but not USAF.

    So easy to criticize Govt and Armed Forces while sitting on comfortable seats in front of LCD TV in the chill of AC environments.
    All these big mouths are likely to run away from Pakistan holding their Canadian and Australian (dual nationality) Passports in their hands in the event of attack by US Forces.
    You and me, the common people, will be left to face the wrath of US Military Power.

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 2:24PM

    Have also news N league has relations wit Osama but
    but it was no confirm by any concerned quarters.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 2:37PM

    You are true in your sense.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 2:41PM

    According to my considered opinion,
    there able leader moving toward right direction.
    God bless my country, Islamic Republic Of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    May 10, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Resignation is not less than a death warrant
    for political leader who has occupied high designation
    in the state.Recommend

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