The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) will hold a countrywide celebration for Independence Day and will light candles at Mazar-e-Quaid on the night of August 13 to pay tribute to the founder of the country.
“We appeal to every Pakistani to join us in the programme to show their love with Pakistan,” said Nihal Hashmi, a leader of the PML-N while talking to the media at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Friday.
Hashmi said that party chief Mian Nawaz Sharif would address the nation on August 14 as part of their country-wide celebrations.
He criticised the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government, saying that it still hasn’t arranged anything for Independence Day. The present democratic government has not done anything for the people, he said. The flood survivors are still living without a roof on their heads in rural Sindh and the PPP leaders are busy in corruption. The roads and houses have not been reconstructed yet in flood-affected areas since last year, he added.
Hashmi said that the government tried to divide Sindh by restoring the local government system. He said that the nationalist parties are protesting because bringing this system back was a “wrong decision.”
Asad Usmani, the secretary of youth affairs, and Munawwar Raza were also present at the press club.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2011.