PPP reaction: Memon lashes out at Nawaz, nationalists

Calls meeting between Nawaz Sharif and nationalists parties being "against Pakistan".

Express May 17, 2011


Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that the meeting between Nawaz Sharif and the leaders of Sindh’s nationalists parties has “given a clear message that they are working on similar lines, which is against Pakistan”.

Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan Peoples Party media cell on Tuesday, Memon said that Sindhi nationalists have never accepted Pakistan or the federation, and people must view their meetings with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief in this context.

Memon said that their alliance would not make any difference because the PML-N cannot win even one union council seat. He said that Nawaz is not sincere to the cause of Sindh, and he accused Sharif of populism with his statements to expose and arrest Benazir Bhutto’s assassins.

“The current government has spared no effort in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. During his tenure, Nawaz declared Shaheed Benazir Bhutto a ‘security risk’. We want him to avoid shedding crocodile tears because the PPP government is committed to resolving the case,” he said.

He added that dozens of fabricated cases were lodged against Benazir and Asif Ali Zardari during PML-N’s tenure, and Zardari was tortured and kept in jail for several years. Saif-ur Rehman, the former chairman of the NAB, who was the ‘author’ of these false charges, has already apologised, and disclosed how and why he had registered the case in their tenure, he said.“Despite political differences between the PPP and the PML-N, the government of Sindh provided Nawaz with the protocol given to a chief minister,” Memon said.

Replying to a question, Memon said that while the PML-N leader was holding the government responsible for the energy crisis, it was during his tenure that the Thar Coal and Keti Bunder projects were shut down. While the PML-N talks about reviving a democratic culture, the Sindh Assembly was locked up and governor rule was imposed during their tenure.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2011.


Mohammad Khan Sial | 10 years ago | Reply Nawaz Sharif is head of PML -N - a regional party. In 2008, his Party won seats from Punjab only.During his two tenures as Prime Minister (Total period about six years), he did not launch any mega development project in Sindh. His hatred against Sindhis can be seen from the fact that Benazir Bhutto Govt has announced "Keti Bunder Project" and earmarked the funds for this purpose in order to save Indus delta - sixth largest in the world from unnatural sad demise but Nawaz Sharif not only abandoned the project but its funds, as per press reports spent on Motor Highway (Lahore - Rawalpindi) in Punjab. When Nawaz Sharif was PM, out of 48 high level appointments, 42 were belonging to Punjab and rest six to rest three provinces. Now his brother Shahbaz Sharif - Chief Minister of Punjab has demanded at its own to form Karachi province whereas no one has demanded such thing. It is an effort to create chaos in sensitive Sindh. The recent statements of Chaudhry Nisar - Opposition leader in National Assembly (PML-N) based on "Punjabi chauvinism", were sufficient to prove PML-N was a regional party of Punjab. We thought Nawaz Sharif after long period in exile, must have learnt lesson but sorry to say it was not so. Such people have no right to call themselves national leaders.
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