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July 28, 2011

Elected president PML-N unopposed Zardari has no respect for agreements, charters, says Nawaz


July 28, 2011

ISLAMABAD: After being elected unopposed as president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz after 12 years, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif unleashed a severe attack on the government saying the extravagance of the ruling elite had reached its peak; corrupt elements were being protected; and the orders of the judiciary and decisions of parliament were being impudently defied.
Addressing the general council meeting that elected the PML-N central body for the next four years, the former prime minister said President Zardari had broken all his solemn promises. ìI was of the view that Zardari Sahib will not deviate from the Charter of Democracy as it was not only part of the manifesto of the PPP but the last political will of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. However he has ignored everything. In that year, two more agreements were also made and they too were not honoured,” he said.
Nawaz said democracy was being maligned and there was uncertainty about the democratic set up due to the unparalleled corruption of the PPP and its allies. He said the only priority of the rulers was to indulge in political manipulation in order to cling to power.
“As the outgoing dictator maligned the armed forces for its rule, the incumbent junta is defaming democracy,” Sharif told a big gathering of general council members at Fatima Jinnah Convention center here. He said a coterie of greedy persons with vested interests had joined hands and called it a ìcoalition for reconciliation.î “The people of Pakistan know fully well the interests and objectives behind this coalition,” he observed.
Nawaz said political independence and the sovereignty of the country were being undermined while money received for the rehabilitation for earthquake and flood affectees was being distributed for political benefits. He said that citizens, soldiers, police, and members of other law enforcement agencies were being martyred in the so-called war on terror while Pakistan was still in the

Nawaz regretted that Zardari chose to criticise him at the tomb of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, talked about him derisively and ridiculed his proposals to the PPP leadership on many issues. He recalled that in the Charter of Democracy (CoD), the parties had decided to initiate some important steps. These included establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission; a commission to probe the dismissal of civilian government and military rebellions; a commission on Kargil; putting ISI, MI and other agencies under civilian control and abolishing their political wings; subjecting their budgets, as well as the defence budget, to scrutiny in the National Assembly; and framing rules and regulations for the allotment of lands.
“When I reminded him of these things, I was criticised by Zardari Sahib. He has probably forgotten that Mohtarma had affixed her signature on these proposals and these are part of the CoD,” Nawaz said, adding that if the president had forgotten the Charter of Democracy, he should at least read the election manifesto of the PPP.
Nawaz said the PML-N had been asked by the PPP to support indemnity for General Musharraf and to validate all his unconstitutional acts but the PML-N had flatly refused to oblige. “We got judges restored with the power of people and fully opposed the NRO and challenged it in the Supreme Court,” he said.
Observing that military dictators inflicted incalculable loss upon the country and its armed forces, Nawaz Sharif said that complete cohesion between the armed forces and the people was essential for national defence. He said Pakistan needed professional armed forces. ìBrave and honourable sons of Pakistan are perched on snow clad peaks of Siachen, posted in burning sands of deserts, on inhospitable mountains and frontiers and bunkers and elsewhere, for the defence of the country. They are the asset of Pakistan and it is our national duty to fulfill their defence needs and take care of them despite all odds and difficulties,î Nawaz said.
He said military dictators were responsible for leading the country to a stage where the world called it a ìfailed state.’ “Military dictators are solely responsible for the mess we are in. They can abrogate the Constitution, break the law, dissolve governments and have the audacity to destroy the judiciary, but they have never been able to offer any solution for the problems faced by this country,” he said.
Nawaz said the politics of these adventurers was the politics of power and privilege and they were least bothered about the millions of people of Pakistan. “These are the people who have caused the current crisis and they have the cheek to taunt us that we are suffering from political isolation,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif said that he takes the charge of ‘isolation’ as a compliment. “We are proud of being isolated from the clique of self seekers, power hungry and corrupt politicians who have no care for national interests,” he said. Nawaz Sharif said history bears testimony to the fact that the flag bearer caravan of truth was always alone. During the formative period of Pakistan, about 20 different religious, social and political parties were on one side whereas Muslim League was all alone on the other side, he reminded.
Nawaz said he was in favour of creating new provinces if it was done on an administrative and not on a linguistic and racial basis. Sharif also recalled the PML-Nís difficult days when Musharraf overthrew its legal and constitutional government. He said, “The dark days are over and this is a day of victory for you and for the democratic process. Twelve years ago, the dictator who abrogated the Constitution adopted all possible tricks to eliminate the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) but failed miserably and had to go abroad in exile to save his skin. The ex-dictator is meeting his nemesis” he said
Nawaz said the Pakistan of 1999 was a flourishing state taking big strides on all fronts. However dictatorial rule had pushed the country backward. During the past twelve years the country has gone back by many years instead of going forward.

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