Govt is busy bribing lawyers: Nawaz Sharif

Published: June 29, 2010
PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said a conspiracy to weaken institutions is detrimental for Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said a conspiracy to weaken institutions is detrimental for Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

PML-N Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday accused the PPP government of bribing lawyers instead of improving the condition of the poor.

He said that the government is not paying any attention towards the poor but is rather busy in bribing lawyers. “Ministers convicted by the courts are pardoned by the president and lawyers are being bribed,” he said.

The former prime minister said this while talking to the media after a party meeting in Lahore.

Sharif said, “Transparency International has declared us one of the most corrupt countries in the world. If transparency can give us a positive report on the Punjab province then why can’t it give a positive report on Pakistan.”

“Most of the money is being wasted due to corruption,” he said, adding ” should we control corruption, we would not need Kerry-Lugar bill.”

The PML-N Chief also said that Pakistan had become a financially independent country yet it is relying on foreign loans to make ends meet.

He said, “the time has come that instead of progressing we are looking towards other people for help and aid and now, people are not helping us because they doubt our systems.”

Commenting on the NRO issue he said, “if we want to pardon people under NRO then all the convicts in the jails should be pardoned. Justice should be for everyone on equal basis.”

Sharif also said that the PML-N cannot be treated like silent spectators but at the same time refrained from revealing his future strategy.

Earlier in the day, while addressing a meeting of PML-N leaders at the PM’s secretariat in Lahore, Sharif had asked the government to end what he called its “campaign against the judiciary”.

He said that a conspiracy to weaken institutions is detrimental to Pakistan and that his party believes in serving the nation and wants politics of reconciliation.

He called on all political parties to work in unison for the national interest.

Fauzia Wahab responds to Sharif’s statements

PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said in response to Nawaz Sharif’s accusations, that the PML-N chief should clear his sources of income to run business in Jeddah.

Wahab said this while addressing a press conference in Islamabad. She said PPP believes in the politics of reconciliation and wants to strengthen the system of democracy in the country.

She said Law Minister Babar Awan did not favour any lawyer while distributing the funds adding that the funds have always been misused in the past, whereas now, the law minister has adopted a transparent process.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • S.A.R.A
    Jun 29, 2010 - 6:49PM

    What is wrong in getting money as aid when its needed the most. His statements of Gov. bribing lawyers is totally uncalled for. What did he do in 2007 for the Lawyer’s movement? He should see the examples of the EU bailing out the PIGS, and other countries bailing out their close allies… right now we need the money so let it come, and people like NS instead of building bank balances only, should bring the money out into the market.

    Punjab is going through very crucial times, and it is for the Government of Punjab to think clearly now and work for peace and harmony, rather than criticizing for the sake of political point scoring.

    He should be more concerned about his Parliamentarians holding fake degrees, and which he allowed to contest in elections knowingly. Recommend

  • Irfan Ahmed
    Jun 29, 2010 - 7:00PM

    Is he awake or still in euphoria, Mr. Nawaz is equally responsible for the pathetic situation of our country, while his brother is enjoying the minister ship of Punjab he prefer to keep his mouth shut, the statement which is coming from him for some time seems to win back the people support which he loosed in past three years…..Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2010 - 7:02PM

    Yes! Another conspiracy! We now need a conpiracy to thwart the conspiracy! The malicious and nefarious designs of evil doers will never succede! The Sharifs are watching! Conspirators beware!Recommend

  • cmsarwar
    Jun 29, 2010 - 7:37PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the other side of the same coin.His first priority is,and has always been,his own business empire.His late father put him into politics so that their business pursuits could have the backing of political power.Zardari is somewhat different.For him political power is the instrument of making money.This he calls business,Riaz Lalji style.Both Nawaz and Zardari are surrounded by,and have the loyalities and support of,players with identical objectives and interests.With dictatorial powers within their parties,surrounded by self-seekers,both these politician-buinessmen are not designed to cater to the common man.
    After this ritual of blowing hot once in a while Nawaz Sharif will disappear and will be on a foreign journey soon.Two times Prime Minister,waiting for a third stint,Finance Minister and Chief Minister in Punjab,somebody need to evaluate his real worth and utility as a leader.Also it is time that one man rule in political parties is eliminated through free exercise of popular vote within the parties.Both PPP and PMLN have become family monoplies ,resulting in a fake democracy ,which are being protected and perpetuated by their owners.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 29, 2010 - 9:54PM

    People are not there to listen who is doing what?

    PML(N) should play a strong role as leading opposition party in the parliament to keep the government right on the track.

    Pakistan’s machinery cannot run without bribes. Unless people do not grease the palms of the other person they cannot get the required job done.

    It is the fault of the people why they give bribes when the legitimate job can be done without paying illegal gratification.

    The whole system is corrupt. It can only be changed not by passing a resolution in the parliament but bringing a revolution.

    I have repeatedly written that Pakistan needs a person like Mahathir bin Mohamad. Where is he? Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2010 - 10:04PM

    The NASA Space shuttle …., Oh wait what are we talking about here ! … lmao !Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Jun 30, 2010 - 12:34AM

    Nawaz Sharif’s sense of concern would mislead people into believing that nothing of the sort happened on his watch. Rafiq Tarar with a briefcase bursting with cash remains afresh in the minds of the people. Corruption has progressively worsened over the past few decades and Nawaz’s howling is akin to the pot calling the kettle black.Recommend

  • Syed Bilal Mehdi
    Jun 30, 2010 - 2:14PM

    The most disturbing part is that the response from Fauzia Wahab is mostly a counter-blame and unfortunately it is often like this in Pakistani politics.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 30, 2010 - 3:58PM

    TIT for TAT, Mr. Nawaz Sharif. You did the same during the lawyers movement. You did the things right and now others are doing wrong. What did the people of Pakistan get after the restoration of Chief Justice. Only politicians were either convicted or benefited. Recommend

  • Mohiuddin
    Jul 1, 2010 - 1:58PM

    Nawaz Sharif is just playing mudslinging game. he and his brother and partymen did all jobs and still adopting all methods on which Sharif is now making hue and cry. Sharifs not only paid lawyers in Long March but paid heavily to judges throguh Rafique Tarar when Rafique Tarar used jets and briefcases against Sajjad Ali Shah. What a pity!Recommend

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