Begging bowl not acceptable: Sharif

Published: November 10, 2010
PML-N chief criticises govt for its failure to check graft

PML-N chief criticises govt for its failure to check graft


Chief of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif has said that “government with a begging bowl is not acceptable.”

“The incumbent government cannot tackle the crises confronting the country. And a government which has extended a begging hand is not acceptable to the people,” Sharif told senior members of the PML-N in Khairpur.

He said the government has not taken his party into confidence on important national issues, including talks with the International Monetary Fund and the United States. “And now the prime minister should not expect any support from the opposition,” he added.

Accusing the government of ‘unprecedented corruption’, Sharif said the rulers were apathetic to the plight of the people. He added that inflation was going up unbridled. And even kitchen items have become unaffordable for the common man.

Sharif asked the government to shun its “anti-people policies”. “We will oppose all such policies in and outside parliament,” he said.

Wooing the farming community, Sharif said, “We want to bring a peaceful green revolution in the country. I am searching for a team which is committed to bringing about this revolution.”

The PML-N chief said his party had not signed the Charter of Democracy with the PPP to see the country embroiled in corruption, inflation and oppression. “Had the country been allowed to move forward according to democratic norms, its people would have been prosperous today,” he said.

However, on a conciliatory note, Sharif said his party did not want political confrontation. “We don’t want to a see a repeat of the politics of the 1980s,” he added, accusing the government of flouting the court orders and creating confrontation between the judiciary and the executive.

Sharif said that his party was ready to sacrifice everything to put Pakistan on the road to development and economic prosperity. “We are fighting a war of ideologies and we will never compromise on principles,” he added.

Referring to the October 1999 coup by the then army chief Pervez Musharraf, the PML-N supremo said his government was toppled while he was leading the country to economic self-reliance.

Attendees at the meeting included former Sindh chief minister Ghous Ali Shah, PML-N chief organiser in Sindh Saleem Zia and former Sindh governor Mamoon Hussain. The meeting decided to reorganise and rejuvenate the party in Sindh.

The PML-N chief asked his party leaders to set up an independent commission to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of flood survivors in the province.

Earlier when Sharif arrived at the Sukkur airport on the first leg of his countrywide tour, he was warmly received by senior members of his party and scores of his supporters. However, he did not speak to journalists at the airport. (Online with additional reporting from Sarfraz Memon)

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • imran
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:42PM

    I hope Mr. Sharif honors his words as pressure from Zardari always forces him to relent. Mind you he also has NAB casesRecommend

  • Tax Payer
    Nov 9, 2010 - 11:02PM

    Mian Sahib- Kindly pay your due income taxes. How can you talk so highly for People of Pakistan and not even shameful when you are not sincere with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asma Ali
    Nov 9, 2010 - 11:46PM

    I think Nawaz Sharif is the ultimate hero of the country. What ever he says stands by it. The democratic system needed a friendly opposition to flourish so he became one but the government took it for granted and started fulfilling their whims and wishes and filling their pockets. In my opinion I think Mr. Sharif acted wisely, made the right decision and chose the right time to act. Recommend

  • manz baloch
    Nov 10, 2010 - 12:53AM

    it is just that mian sahib knows it fully that after 5 years it is going to be his turn and if he derails the democracy his turn is not going to come. enjoying for 3 years being friendly opposition with benefits like earning a lot through sugar crisis, amending law of being PM third time, amending law for not having an election within the party, amending law for having ameerul momineen type authority in the party, blaming goverment for all these amendments, having time to criticise government for next 2 years to win elections and most of all then be able to enjoy term of 5 years,,,,,,,,,,,,, aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh my beloved countrymen please understand. it is those about 30% who vote and always enjoy the benefits of voting by themselves at the cost of this country and YOU who do not vote and continously complain. those who vote are still voting and in each by election they are still chosinf the same faces who are time tested thieves.PLEASE vote in every upcoming election and change these faces. Your vote will definitelly bring change. PLEASE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. convince your close ones as well Recommend

  • Waleed Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 1:10AM

    Ohhh – The ‘Lion’ without the tail realized it quite early. Thank you for caring for the Pakistani people. they are indebted to you for realizing this

    Thank you Sharif saab . after bankrupting Punjab . I guess you have eyes set on whatever is left by the Present democratic PPP govt. Recommend

  • Halaku Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:38AM

    Sharif is no better then ZardariRecommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Nov 10, 2010 - 7:48AM

    We want to see the tax returns of our fearless leader Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 10, 2010 - 8:46AM

    Mian Sahib if you will go on playing the game of “Na khaydaaN gay Na khaydun DewaaN gay” then you are simply paving the way for neither mid term election nor rending any sane services towards the country rather strengthening the hands of those who want some “International type of Setup” which will keep all “Power Hungry” out for indefinite period so please do not do as is normally known about you “Uper say Ram Ram aur Bagl mein Churey”. Don’t create any impediments/hurdles and let this system complete two more or so years so that all may know for the first time that democracy can be tolerated for 5 years under Civilians. Show the nation that “We Can Do”.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 10, 2010 - 11:05AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Mr. Nawaz Sharif is now once again trying to be the national hero in the nation’s hearts and minds or may be trying to get soft corner in the nation’s hearts but the facts are opposite because Nawaz Sharif and his party are backing up the corrupt democratic government setup in the National Assembly and Parliament by supporting in the lawmaking and amending constitutional procedures.In other words Nawaz Sharif is once again deceiving and fooling the nation by showing that he is against the present government setup.If he is so sincere and honest in his claims and statements practically for the nation and Pakistan and wants to make Pakistan debt-free and aid-free country then why his party doesn’t present no-confidence movement either against the present government or Prime Minister or President Zaradari?Why does Nawaz Sharif only gives only and only statements?Why does he not take any solid and practical steps?Recommend

  • Post Human
    Nov 10, 2010 - 4:31PM

    the pot calling the kettle black?Recommend

  • Anoop
    Nov 10, 2010 - 10:09PM

    I wonder what will Mr.Sharif do when he becomes PM. How will he generate the money?Recommend

  • Mullah Halwa
    Nov 11, 2010 - 6:32AM

    The begging bowl is not new Its being carried on before and after his rule, it has just become deeper. Had Nawaz done a good job as PM maybe we would have gotten rid of it by now He was too busy trying to become Ameer-ul-momaneen while in power and encouraged culture of corruption Now its Mr. 10 percent trying to become Mr.100 pc. Sadly, All this wealth will be of no use iin the hereafterRecommend

  • srinivasan
    Nov 11, 2010 - 6:49AM

    Does Pakistan have a chance to eliminate this unless somebody fixes the economics.Recommend

  • Anis Qureshi
    Nov 11, 2010 - 7:56AM

    Can pakistan survive without foreign help?Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Nov 11, 2010 - 11:02AM

    Nawaz Sharif wants to break the begging bowl so that he can replace it by one made in ittefaq foundry. Begging bowls made in ittefaq Foundry are not only made from steel, but are long lasting and rust proof.
    In 1998, Mr Sharif in similar act, broke the begging bowl and took away the money from the people in “QARZ UTARO” Scheme. He had then replaced one bowl with another. However he did not hand over the bowl to Musharraf, when he took over power in Oct 1999, rather he took it away to Saudi Arabia. Musharraf had to import a begging bowl from USA. That Bowl is now rusted. It needs a replacement.
    Nawaz Sharif has made a special offer of buy one and get one free. The new begging bowl is indigenous, rust proof and made by special craftsmen from Jati Umra in the famous foundryRecommend

  • Adi
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:40PM

    QARZ UTAARO MULK SANWARO….why am i hearing it again…gosh! what a joke that was!Recommend

  • Nov 11, 2010 - 8:30PM

    In a recent statement Mr Nawaz Sharif said that his party would not support the government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the opposition was not taken into confidence on the issue. The PML-N has hardly supported the PPP-led coalition government in any case, apart mercifully from not being part of any unconstitutional moves. As for the IMF programme, the government had no choice but to go to the IMF for a loan. The economic crunch Pakistan is in today is thanks to the policies of the Musharraf regime. Shaukat Aziz’s economic policies were a failure because they created an illusionary economic bubble that burst in the face of the incoming government. This government not only inherited a bad economy from its predecessors, the global recession also hit the world around that time. Granted that going to the IMF is not a happy choice and wisdom does not reside in its prescriptions for recovery, but at crunch time, the IMF is the cheapest possible option for loans. Pakistan’s economy was on the verge of a collapse and any other government would have done the same thing as the incumbents. Mian Nawaz Sharif should not be playing politics at a time like this, as there is a serious economic crisis. Recommend

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