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Zardari Warns Nawaz

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Zardari-Nawaz-SharifIn a thinly veiled reference to another military coup, President Asif Ali Zardari has warned PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to be sensible and understand the gravity of the situation, lest either of them has to visit the other in jail.

In a statement from Nawabshah, Zardari said the PML-N chief should adopt positive attitude and stop criticising military as well because the people are already frustrated with political wrangling. To bring more clarity to his warning, he said that the electoral majority during former president Farooq Leghari’s tenure could not save democracy. “It takes years to build democracy but seconds to ravage it.”

Asking Nawaz Sharif to act wisely, President Zardari said: “I hope such a time would not come that he (Nawaz) has to visit my jail cell or I have to visit him in jail”. He said that the PPP has always followed the ‘policy of reconciliation’, which will be continued. “We should set aside differences and work together for the people of this country. The country is passing through a critical phase and unity is the key to countering these challenges.” Zardari told Nawaz to that instead of holding public rallies in Lahore, help the people hit by dengue fever and also come to Sindh to help out flood affectees. “Nawaz Sharif should come to Sindh and help the people. My house in Nawabshah is open for the PML-N leader.”

“Rather than criticising the government, Nawaz Sharif and other politicians should help the calamity-stricken in Punjab as well as Sindh,” Zardari said, while urging them to put aside political differences, saying “it was not a time to indulge in political gimmicks”. He said the PPP by giving enormous sacrifices had restored democracy in the country and restored the constitution to its original shape and gave provinces autonomy. He said all parties have to play their role for stability of the democratic system.

President said floods have caused massive destruction in Sindh and Punjab is under the grip of dengue virus. In such a bleak scenario, the people do not need political speeches but they need practical measures to overcome their difficulties. He said that all necessary assistance to the flood affectees would be ensured and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. “We would not leave the people of Sindh alone in their difficult time.”

Reacting to Zardari’s statement, the PML-N Deputy Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal said the government lacks the spirit to serve the masses. The government starts making appeals when it is caught in difficulties, he said, adding that unveiling the incompetence of the government is the responsibility of the opposition. The PML-N leader said the government has ruined all the institutions of the country and corruption is rampant in all the government departments. Nawaz Sharif would soon do visit different parts of Sindh including Karachi and Nawabshah, he concluded.

Meanwhile, Zardari directed authorities to carry out an indiscriminate action against criminals in Karachi regardless of their affiliations. Talking to Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan on Thursday, he also issued directions to increase the salaries of Sindh police at par with their Punjab counterparts in two phases.

Wasan briefed President Zardari over law and order situation in Karachi. The president expressed his deep concern and apprehensions over bails and release of target killers through courts, and also issued instructions to law ministry to legislate tougher laws and stronger prosecution. “Stronger prosecution would lessen crimes by invoking fear in would be criminals,” he reasoned.

Talking to journalists outside Bilawal House in Karachi, Wasan said provincial government had provided funds to police for purchase of latest technology, rejecting the notion that federal government had anything to do with these funds.

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