Zardari responsible for unstable country: Nawaz

Published: October 18, 2010
Nawaz Sharif said that President Zardari should seek an apology from the nation and respect institutions in the future. PHOTO: AFP

Nawaz Sharif said that President Zardari should seek an apology from the nation and respect institutions in the future. PHOTO: AFP

PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that President Asif Ali Zardari is responsible for the current state of instability in the country and has advised the president to seek an apology from the nation.

During a press conference held in London, Sharif said that President Zardari has broken all promises and agreements in the past and is exploiting the country for his own benefits, adding that all the institutions of the state deserve respect. “We do not want a Pakistan where there is no reverence for the judiciary and the Supreme Court,” Sharif said.

He stressed that an investigation must be carried out about the dispersion of news regarding the prime minister repealing the executive order on the reinstatement of judges.

Nawaz Sharif said that President Zardari has never accepted the Supreme Court “from his heart.” He said he can testify that the president wanted to keep the “Dogar court” at all costs but was compelled to restore the judiciary because of the long march, adding that President Zardari will have to pay for his confrontation with the Supreme Court.

He said that the president should respect the mandate of the judiciary, the institutions and the opposition and focus on solving the problems of the people.

Sharif said that in the past, conspiracies have been hatched against the governments but  his party will ensure that no such effort is successful. He said that the failure of the present government should not be held equal to the failure of democracy.

Answering a question about the recent statements made against him by former president Pervez Musharraf, the PML-N chief said that he does not need to respond to Musharraf’s claims. Sharif also clarified that he had signed the Charter of Democracy with late Benazir Bhutto not with President Asif Ali Zardari.

The former prime minister also said that Akbar Bugti’s assassination case must be dealt with in a just manner in order to ensure peace in Balochistan and said that even though the 2008 elections were rigged against his party, he never complained and instead accepted the results open heartedly. Commenting on the law and order situation of Karachi, Sharif said that it seems the government does not exist. Sharif said that the country needs to be saved from the crisis surrounding it through a new social contract.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Imtiaz
    Oct 17, 2010 - 6:50PM

    And what did you do in your two terms?Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 7:20PM

    So did you. Remember Ameerul Momineen mania ?Recommend

  • sana lasani
    Oct 17, 2010 - 7:33PM

    All political leaders should apologize from the nation because not only zardari everybody is involved in corruption. Every leader has fullfilll his own balley and poor always suffer in diverse problems..
    where is democracy?Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 8:00PM

    Everybody in this country, be they politicians, bureaucrats, khakis, traders, industrialists, lawyers, journalists, feudals, mullahs etc have abused this country. This has to stop because this country can no longer afford to be raped any more. Those who have indulged in corruption must be held accountable. Democracy cannot be build on the foundations of corruption, pilferages and abuse of power. Democracy survives and flourishes when all men are considered equal before the law and RULE OF LAW prevails. Nobody should be above the law.Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Oct 17, 2010 - 8:01PM

    How much income tax have you paid into the exchequer of Pakitan during the last forty years, Nawaz Sahib? We want transparency.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 17, 2010 - 10:15PM

    OK, but what you did with the institutions and what about your corruptions, last but not least, from where you built your huge empire ???? Here I am not asking to forget the corruptions of others but why are you bent upon to derail the present government. If even mid terms are held then do you think that you or your partners in power will be able to deliver all what you are asking from the present government. Why are you in so much hurry ? Please do not play with the future of the country, yes you will get the chance to rule but wait for another few years and let the people decide not any institution which is being used as undercover. Bhai Sahib Mulk or Qoam per reham kro aur sabr krnay ki adat dalo.Recommend

  • Gangly Khan
    Oct 17, 2010 - 10:32PM

    I think accusations against Zardari are not justified. When ever in the past PPP, the single largest party in this country came to power through power of vote rest of the parties join together to with an aim to create tense atmosphere. No party except PPP is popular in all provinces. The same is happening now. Supreme court also siding with parties who are interested to dismantle PPP government. It was PPP that restored judges. These judges have one issue of NRO on their agenda. They are ignoring all other cases of litigant public. I think Justices are doing no service to the nation. They are showing ungratefulness to the government that restored them with verbal orders. So far as corruption of Zadari is concerned, it was known to law makers before his elevation to the top slot of president. No one including judiciary raised any objection and now he is exempted under the law. Judiciary know this. But still judiciary wants to drag him in the litigation. This issue has made judges controversial. They must be sacked before they commit some blunder like the one judiciary committed while passing on death sentence on ZA Bhutto and caused irreparable loss to the nation. Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Oct 17, 2010 - 10:39PM

    We should change the laws to suite the people. Everyone wants a slice of the pie. Make it legal .. lets see what happens .. Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2010 - 11:03PM

    The print and electronic media reporting on political background and performance in power of Nawaz Shariff is ON HOLD.

    At the moment the priority of a group of journalists is to knock out Asif Zardari and bring a political change from within the house. They are and they will continue enjoying reporting and analysis of pre and post change de-formation and formation of political coalitions.

    The group of king making and king breaking journalists will watch the new President, old (or NEW) Prime Minister and new Ministers and their behavior. Once everyone and everything is settled down and time for REAL ACTION TO DELIVER the PROMISED AGENDA comes then again stories of inter-institutional confrontation, corruption scandals and moral exposes will start appearing in print and on screen. Political Angels will turn into Corrupt Monsters and Freedom of Media will appear like a license to decrown the king!

    The real SACRED KINGS will continue plundering Pakistan without BEING NOTICED or even REPORTED in MEDIA.

    This is the true history of politics and media in Pakistan.


  • Oct 17, 2010 - 11:08PM

    And what are you doing? Waiting for your turn?Recommend

  • nm baloch
    Oct 18, 2010 - 12:44AM

    mr nawaz is 100% right ,the ppp govt is just exploiting the sentiments of their workers, my request to every pakistani is please preprere head over your heart , reason is the thing not the emotions dear. dont put the futures of ur kids at stake. nawaz never take the peoples here as toys or fools with mere sentiments. nawaz is much more a serious man. for the sake of humanity sincere should come and handle the grave situation. Recommend

  • basharat
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:43AM

    For Pervez Mushurraf´s take over Mian Sahib should courage to condemn the present Chief justice who is co- author of the judgment which declared the Army take over as necessity of time , there was rampant corruption during Mian Sahib´s government , that the Prime Minister ruled the country as a one man show, that due to extremely bad governess Army take had become inevitable , that president Mushurraf´s election through referendum was legal , and that General Mushurraf could continue to be Chief of Army Staff . Law should be equal for every one it should not be selective , if
    General Mushurraf is traitor what about the persons who were abettors to the ” treason “. Mian Sahib´s
    love for the Judiciary is a farce and deception. People of Pakistan have not forgotten as to who stormed the supreme court , and who was behind the rebellion of supreme court judges against their own Chief Justice . It is not merely demonstration of love for the Judiciary , it is some thing else which will become fully known in the course of time . Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Oct 18, 2010 - 9:14AM

    Mian Sahab, when will you realize that you do not represent the nation just like you don’t repent your wrongs (Musharraf’s elevation to army chief, for example)? Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 18, 2010 - 10:50AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Mr. Nawaz Sharif if Zardari is responsible for all this politically unstable current Pakistani situation then why your party members in National and Provincial Assembleis and Parliament participate in law making proceedings and even give vote in the favor of passing the resolutions?Why don’t you present no-confidence movement in National Assembly and Parliament against the present governmental setup especially against the President Zardari?Methink you are paving your way to win the next general elections and regain the good will and soft corner of the nation by giving such these hypocritical statements.If you are so sincere,honest and devoted for the Pakistan and the nation then take practical steps to curtail common man’s problems and difficulties in the form of hunger,poverty,unemployment and expensiveness instead of only giving statements to deceive and fool the nation any more.Recommend

  • Oct 18, 2010 - 11:45AM

    No Mariam I am not waiting for my turn. I am just telling the wise guys that they are idiots. They do not know who is the real culprit and who needs to be exposed.Recommend

  • Maz
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:37PM

    Mr Baloch I feel sorry for you if you think Nawaz is a serious man!!! please kindly check with him about how much tax he is paying and about his assests in the foreign countries like Saudi and UK and lets see if he comes cleanRecommend

  • parvez
    Oct 18, 2010 - 1:43PM

    Nawaz cuts a sorry figure.
    When the people see and hear him making these statements from London (his home base)
    it does not help his cridibility rating.Recommend

  • Abdul Nasir
    Oct 18, 2010 - 2:27PM

    and you equally Mr.Nawaz Sharif ..Recommend

  • Imran
    Oct 18, 2010 - 2:41PM

    Angellina Jolie in her report to UN has indicated her SHOCK and HORROR on the way she recieved a royal treatment by the PM, when half the country was under water.
    ofcourse these people have no love lost for the people or country. NAWAZ has said the right thing atlast.Recommend

  • Zain
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:07PM

    Why doesn’t this guy, just go and jump of a bridge? A corrupt individual is accusing another corrupt individual…..the only reason this nation is survining is because of the resiliance of the people……I can feel a realization among the Pakistani’s that these leaders are no good for us….Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18, 2010 - 4:46PM

    The problem is that our media fails to look at and show the total picture as it is. There is no inclination of any focus on research based perspectives, factual scenario development, unbiased detailed analysis, available action options, possible implementation methodologies, a set of expected conseuqnces, identification of monitoring mechanism and evaluation criteria.

    Our media does not construct a link between past, present and future to weigh a statement, a policy, a trend and an approach. It has failed to present genuine leadership worthy role models in print and on screen for the nation to follow. All personalities covered as leaders in different walks of life have a history of disappointing this nation. That history is not referred to when a statement of a leader in any walk of life is published in newspapers or screened on television. Knowing the difference between a news story and analysis I have said that because the news reporters have been given the role of analysts too. They do not report an event or an act and statement of a news worthy personality they analyse the contents of the news story and statement of the personality too without a reference to his past performance on record.

    Most of the leaders presented as leaders by media deserve either to be hanged or put behind bars. BUT they were leaders, they are leaders and they will remain the leaders in media no matter how serious harm they have inflicted on this country and how seriously they have hurt the people, the institutional structures and the system of governance.


  • Oct 18, 2010 - 4:59PM

    Pakistan today is in a crisis because of the abuses by dictators like Zia and Musharraf and the businessman cum pooliticians who have ruled it for last 30 years. If the Zardari government or his PM appointed an FA pass to head the OGDC and an O’Level with a history of finanical wrongdoings to head PIA, than Mian Nawaz Sharif also appointed a matriculate as GM and Director Administration in PIA during his tenure. Our bureaucracy is amongst the most corrupt institutions of Pakistan, who have developed policies to facilitate tax evaders and money launderers.Recommend

  • Nida Tahseen
    Oct 18, 2010 - 5:14PM

    1st of all i would really like to praise the writer of this article who has put all those distracted words in a meaningful manner. but he/she couldn’t hide the stupidity of opinion Mr.shareef has in him.
    i want to ask what was the need of this press conference? by this at one place you are yourself playing part in derailing democracy and on the other talking about its strength, you are playing in the hands of anti-democratic formces and you dont hav any idea of that. and you consider urself a leader…
    give me a break or either kill me.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18, 2010 - 6:02PM

    Brother i’m cruntly adressing nation. Do’nt blieve any politician comments, their ugly ideas. Recommend

  • unknown
    Oct 18, 2010 - 11:42PM

    And what did you do in your two terms?
    And what did you do in your two terms?Recommend

  • Mubarik
    Oct 18, 2010 - 11:50PM

    All Pakistani political kids want the same toy to play with. This toy is in the hands of Zardari at the time being and Nawaz Shrief wants to yank it away before his turn. We people are fools who are deceived in the name of Islam and demon-cracy again and again. I request Zardari to give this toy back to Nawaz Shrief as he has been crying for long time before some army general says “Aziz Hum Watno”.Recommend

  • Oct 19, 2010 - 1:03PM

    History is witness military leaders are better than political leaders,
    political leaders convert mandate,granted by the people by polling their vote
    into self interest.Recommend

  • samina
    Oct 19, 2010 - 4:08PM

    we need new blood .look how patriotic was the president of chile for his 33 miners our politician do not care whether flood hit our country or people are killed in broad daylight they are just happy in their own trips abroad and by surveying the landscape through air . they think they have done their duty so they can enjoy life they are happy in their own sweet world they do not care about the poeple or their sufferings Recommend

  • Naveed Malik
    Oct 20, 2010 - 6:57PM

    While the government is busy trying to settle the executive-judiciary tussle, the PML-N chief, Nawaz Sharif, laid the blame for the country’s woes at President Zardari’s doorstep. He accused the president of misusing democracy for his personal gains and demanded that Mr Zardari “bring back home the plundered national wealth and apologies for his misdeeds”. Nawaz Sharif’s accusations are not just absurd but exaggerated too. While Mr Zardari may have his contributions to our share of problems, he cannot be accused for all the mess we are in. Mr Sharif has a very short memory; he himself confessed that all the cases against BB shaheed and Zardari were fake and engineered on the pressure of ISI, then how he claims that Zardari plundered millions of rupee. Mian Sahib must consult to some psychiatrist. One wonders why Mian Sahib don’t bring his plundered money to Pakistan, after all he earned billions from Mehran Scandal case, yellow cab scheme and Qarz Utaro Mulk Sunwaro. It is same like pot calling the kettle black. Instead of agitating and playing politics, Mr Sharif should act rationally because the need for democracy cannot be overstated.Recommend

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