LAHORE (May 28, 2011) – PMLN chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday warned the PPP led government of an open confrontation if people’s sentiments on the country’s sovereignty were not honored and the joint parliamentary resolution bypassed.
“National sovereignty has been torn to shreds, and the situation demands a revolt for a change aimed at putting things right. We have to rise against the status quo for retrieving our lost status in the comity of nations,”
he said while addressing a function held here at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Saturday under the aegis of the PML-N’s international affairs wing to commemorate Youm-e-Takbeer when 13 years ago Pakistan detonated five underground nuclear devices to match the Indians against their designs in the face of unprecedented western pressure.
Nawaz Sharif launched a bitter diatribe against the federal government for rampant corruption, loadshedding, industrial decline, unemployment, price hike and for acting as US stooges. He came down hard on the government for policies, which, he said, had piled up misery on average Pakistanis and put the country’s security at stake. He lamented the absence of steps to mend the wrongs done during the last three years.
Nawaz said his last rule as prime minister, in comparison, had brought about progress and prosperity in the country despite the odds the country was put to for its resolve to carry out nuclear tests in the face of world pressure. “I said no to the so-called economic package offered by the then US president Bill Clinton, and friendly overtures of Tony Blair (then UK premier), while the rest of the western leadership had similar offerings and threats,” he said.
Nawaz recalled he faced the challenges boldly and half of the world sided with him even in those days. “Unfortunately, today the country stands isolated as we follow western diktats,” he added.
“May 28 reminds me of the day when Pakistan tested unclear devices which gave confidence to the nation and made the defence of the country invincible. But today Pakistan is surrounded by dangers despite being a nuclear state,” he said.
The PML-N chief appealed to the people to support him. He promised he would investigate various incidents of lapses, fix responsibility and punish the guilty. “If people support me, I will rid the country of loadshedding, unemployment and price hike and put the country on the path to development,” he said.
While drawing comparison with India, he said the neighbouring country was lagging far behind Pakistan in development and currency value when he was in power, but now it had moved far ahead of Pakistan, which instead is now stepping down the ladder of development.
Nawaz Sharif was of the view that Pakistan rendered countless sacrifices in the war on terror, but today it had been made to stand in the dock. He pointed out whenever an incident of terrorism takes place in the world, Pakistan is blamed for it. He vowed that no one would be allowed to destroy Pakistan. He demanded that Abbottabad and PNS Mehran incidents’ inquiries must be held immediately. “The May 2 incidents have been fatal, our sovereignty has been torn to pieces while we are being held accountable under west-created conspiracies,” he said, adding that the Prime Minister’s terming it all a huge success is a horrible joke with the nation.