SIALAMABAD: PML-N leader and former Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that PML-N accepts the rights of Punjabi, Sindhi, Siraiki, Pushto and Balochi languages and would support giving them national languages status. In a response to a question at 24th annual SANA Convention in Dallas, TX he said his party would include this demand in its program. In reply to another question, he said Kalabagh Dam will not be constructed as Sindh did not want it. He made a categorical statement that any project, however important it may be should not be undertaken if it was harmful for the federation in any way.
Responding to a question on coalition with MQM, he said that PML-N stood by the declaration made at the All Parties Conference held in London that said that no political party should enter into a coalition with MQM until a probe is held in the May 12 Karachi massacre. He said if MQM was included in the federal cabinet his party may part ways with the PPP.
Earlier speaking at the main session of the convention PML-N Central Information Secretary paid rich tributes to Justice Rana Bhagwandas and said he should be declared Mahatma of justice. He said his party had quit the government only on the issue of the restoration of judiciary and it wants the coalition to fulfill its promise on the issue as soon as possible.
He also called for impeachment of Musharraf and said that the coalition had the number of votes in the Parliament to do so. He said any delay in restoration of judges and impeachment of Musharraf would push the country into a deeper and more dangerous crisis.
PML-N leader also demolished the myth that the politicians were responsible for martial laws in the country. He traced the history from the Governor General Malik Ghulam Mohammad action to dissolve Constituent Assembly in 1954 to the martial laws of Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia and Musharraf and said that despots had taken all those actions for their own reasons.
Ahsan Iqbal said that the country faces a critical choice today. Political parties and the people have to choose if they want a democracy or they would allow the continuation of military dictatorship. Future of the country depends on the choice they make.-SANA