Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that President Asif Ali Zardari was conspiring against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and trying to create a rift between him and the Army.
He said his party respected all jawans and officers of the Army. However, he said, the PML-N was against the generals who had imposed martial law four times and divided the country. He said had an army dictator not overthrown the PML-N’s second government the Kashmir issue had been solved in February 1999.
Sharif was speaking to media at the residence of PML-N MNA Khwaja Muhammad Asif in Sialkot Cantonment.
The chief minister said President Zardari had shot himself in the foot and ruined his political career by maligning Nawaz Sharif in a recent speech. He said the speech had exposed the president’s true political ambitions.
He said it had proved that the alliance he had made with the PML-N was nothing but ‘a political drama. He said that President Zardari’s advisors were thieves and robbers who had plundered billions of rupees from the national exchequer.
Like Punjab, Sharif said, the PML-N would soon sweep Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. “We will transform Pakistan into the kind of state Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted it to be,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2011.
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