Unwavering commitment: My life is dedicated to Pakistan, says Sarwar

Punjab governor says it was wrong of him to accept top post

News Desk October 15, 2014
Unwavering commitment: My life is dedicated to Pakistan, says Sarwar

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that whether he remains the governor or not, he will live and die for Pakistan.

Speaking in Express News’ talkshow ‘Kal Tak’, Sarwar said that it was a wrong decision to accept the post of governor Punjab. “I renounced my UK citizenship, business and grandchildren to serve Pakistan but later I realised that after the 18th constitutional amendment governorship has become a ceremonial position without any power,” he said.

He, however, clarified that while he acknowledged his mistakes, he had no intention to hand in his resignation and would take all decisions with mutual consultation.

“I have never left my friends in difficult times. I may disagree with them but I will not leave them particularly when the country is going through a critical phase,” he said, adding that he had very good working relationship with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The governor said it was unfortunate that Pakistan’s more than 50% population did not have clean drinking water. “It will be a great achievement if we only provide our children with pure water,” he added.

He said as governor he was offered a luxurious and carefree life but no authority. He said he could work in a number of areas, including health, education and issues of overseas Pakistanis. “The overseas Pakistanis who send home Rs25 billion also have problems and it is the responsibility of the government to provide them protection,” he said.

Sarwar said that in his recent meeting with the premier he has not offered to step down. “We actually discussed different issues, including negotiations with Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, energy crisis as well as lack of foreign investment and cancellation of visits by three head of states,” he said.

He said it was a matter of pride for him that all political forces of the country, including the parties staging sit-ins in Islamabad, respected and trusted him.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2014.


oBSERVER | 9 years ago | Reply

@Shafaq: Well said. You also have right kind of sense of humour.I only wish the man gets what you are saying.

oBSERVER | 9 years ago | Reply

Only a lucrative job could stir his dedication to the country.Munafqat has become second nature among this category of people.

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