LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that derailing of the democratic system on October 12, 1999, was a heinous conspiracy and the nation was still facing its consequences. In a message on the eve of the coup of the then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf, he said those who hatched conspiracy against democratic system stand rejected while the elected representatives are engaged in public service today. He paid rich tributes to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, party leaders, workers and the political forces who stood against the dictator. Shahbaz said October 12, 1999 was a black day as a dictator toppled a democratically elected government, adding that military regimes have caused great loss to the democratic system.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2015.