PESHAWAR: As the war of words between the PPP and PML-N continues, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, once again, said the prime minister was defying court orders and protecting people who have looted the county’s wealth.
“What kind of message is the prime minister trying to convey to the masses by defying orders of the apex court and supporting those who have looted the country’s wealth,” Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said while talking to journalists in Peshawar.
Last week, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had said that he would rather go to jail than obey the Supreme Court’s order to ask Switzerland to re-open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The chief minister said he respects Gilani as the longest serving prime minister, but added that the prime minister too, must respect interests of the country.
“Embezzlements have been identified and if the prime minister defies orders of the Supreme Court it means that he is extending support to corrupt officials.” He added that Gilani’s loyalties lie with his party and not the country and ruled out any underground deal with the government.
Mehran Bank scandal
Shahbaz Sharif said the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) would prepare its strategy on the Mehran Bank scandal after the Supreme Court’s verdict. In the case, the PML-N, among other parties, is accused of taking money from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Sharif was accompanied by former chief minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mahtab Abbasi, provincial president PML-N Iqbal Zafar and KP Assembly members Pir Sabir Shah and Shazia Aurangzeb among other party members.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2012.