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Shahbaz, Babar Awan in (tit for tat) Tirade

Posted by on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 11:56
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As the Muslim League-N has been focusing on President Asif Zardari in their criticism of the Pakistan People’s Party government, the PPP has also launched a tirade against the Sharifs, adding to the rising political temperature.

Shahbaz, Babar Awan in (tit for tat) Tirade
Shahbaz, Babar Awan in (tit for tat) Tirade

The battlefield is Lahore, the provincial metropolis.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the second consecutive day on Tuesday talked of (federal government’s) corruption and the national wealth stashed away in Swiss accounts declaring them reasons behind poverty, price-hike and hunger.

He was speaking at a function held to mark the 133rd birth anniversary of poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal here on Tuesday.

Federal Law Minister Babar Awan responded to him by claiming that the Sharifs had industrial units in 11 countries and they should return these assets to the nation as people were committing suicides because of acute poverty.

He was talking to the media at PPP leader Mushtaq Awan’s residence here.

Shahbaz lamented that President Zardari was enjoying visits to Paris and London when the country was inundated by floods.

Borrowing the term of jokers from President Zardari, he said when he was reaching out to the flood victims through helicopter, the `jokers’ (some PPP leaders) were objecting to the use of chopper. And when he used vehicles to visit the affected people, these jokers again said why he was using vehicles for the purpose.

Referring to his family’s sugar mills, he said he preferred national interest to personal business as he wrote four times to the premier and once to the federal agriculture minister for import of the sweetener.

The prime minister, he said, agreed to his suggestion and directed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan to import sugar. But, he added, dishonest people obstructed the move, ignoring the premier’s directives.

“Had sugar been imported at that time, the local prices of the commodity would not have crossed Rs57 per kg mark.”

On the other hand, Babar advised the Punjab government to “review its behaviour” and held it responsible for hike in prices of chicken, egg, sugar and now sacrificial animals.

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