MUZAFFARABAD: Chief of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif, on Sunday accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of killing innocent people in Karachi.
“MQM killed hundreds of innocent people to avenge the killing of one worker,” he said, while addressing a large gathering of PML-N supporters here at University Ground.
Why were 50 people killed on May 12, 2007 and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry not allowed to leave the Karachi airport?” the former prime minister asked.
Sharif said that he would bring about a revolution to pull the country out of its present state of instability. He claimed that the Muslim League is the name of a revolution and “I myself am a revolutionary.”
“There should be a law, which binds the government to not beg for aid. There will be no need of foreign aid if we eradicate corruption, nepotism and mismanagement from the country,” he said, adding that he believed that the PPP government has inducted the most corrupt people in top positions.
He added that elimination of poverty, provision of employment and construction of motorways is called a revolution. He warned that if corruption and poverty are not eliminated, he will take action like he did for the restoration of the judiciary.
“It is said that I am government friendly. But I am not government friendly, I am Pakistan friendly. My heart weeps when I see Pakistan in trouble,” he said.
At the rally, he announced the expansion of the PML-N in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, without naming its office-bearers. He called the move “a step towards change” and hoped that it will bring a revolution in the region because we (PML- N) have decided to change the fate of the masses, he said.
Addressing the convention, former prime minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the government had shifted funds of Rs50 billion for earthquake-stricken areas to the Benazir Income Support Programme. Former chief justice of AJK also disclosed his decision to join the PML-N.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2010.