Islamabad: The leaders of different political parties and other distinguished personalities Friday did not see any sudden change in the political scenario but indicated that the tension might be further rose. Former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said it was a preempted move but it would neither hurt interests nor harm political motives of one another. He was of the view both the parties would come to blows only through media war just to hoodwink the people. “I see no sign of mid-term polls in the country at present”, he added.
Veteran politician and aide of former President Pervez Musharraf, Dr. Sher Afgan Khan Niazi told media that Nawaz Sharif took the decision due to personal grudge as President Zardari asked him to validate the measures taken by Pervez Musharraf on 3rd November 2007. He said due to separation of both political parties, the problems of the people could not be resolved. “I ask one thing that whether the load shedding would be finished or people would get employment. Neither sugar nor flour will be available to the people after this drama. What is the use of it”, Niazi added.
The former minister said that Nawaz Sharif is at home in telling lies. The people still remember who was behind the attack on Supreme Court. Now Nawaz was claiming the champion of restoration of democracy. He said that Shahbaz Sharif destroyed the economy of Punjab as he plundered billion of rupees in Sasti Roti Scheme. The province would have to repay multi billion debts but Sharif brothers are taking more loans for their personal pomp and show.
Sher Afgan said that under article 63-A , members of parliament may neither leave their mother party nor may vote against it other wise they would be defected from the seat of parliament. Now PML (N) wants the support of unification group, but this would be illegal. As a matter of fact Zardari did not initiate the case of high treason against Pervez Musharraf on Nawaz’s desire so he left the PPP.
Former ISI Chief Hameed Gul said that PPP led government was running like unleashed horse but the step of PML (N) will put some brakes on it. The role of opposition is to show the mirror to the government but during last three years no check and balance was seen. He said that now federal government would be in position to tell USA that it has a strong opposition and if this happens it would be the turning point in redefining the Pak-US terms. He said that now Nawaz Sharif would has to play the role of genuine opposition and should raise voice against drone attacks and NRO.
PML-N’s decision to oust PPP from Punjab was okayed by 295 members of the party but there were only daring five PML-N stalwarts who went against the party decision. Sources, requesting anonymity said those PML-N stalwarts who opposed the party’s decision include three MNAs and two senators and they were in favour that the PPP should be given some time rather ousting them. The five PML-N legislators – Senator Ishaq Dar, Senator Raja Zafrul Haq, MNA Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Maimoona Javed Hashmi and Khawja Saad Rafique – were of the view that it was an inappropriate time to part way from PPP as the latter would get an opportunity to call them ‘shaheed’ and ‘innocent’.
However, all Punjab MPAs were in the favour of ousting PPP from Punjab government as soon as possible. In Thursday night meeting between Shahbaz-led team and PM-led team, the former asked the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to ask his provincial ministers to tender resignations else they would be fired within 48 hours, sources added. The provincial cabinet would be dissolved within 48 hours after PML-N’s decision. The sources said if PPP ministers did not resign within 48 hours then the chief minister would advise Governor to dissolve the provincial cabinet.
Meanwhile Sindhi nationalist parties have denounced recent removal of PPPP ministers from Punjab cabinet, as an open indication of confrontational politics, trivial and useless for Sindh. Talking to media the head of Sindh National Front and former Sindh CM, Mumtaz Bhutto has advised all to be patient, as the current situation would be clarified sooner.
“On the outset it seems that masses were prepared to be led by Mian Nawaz Sharif; however it was more important to steer the Country away from quagmire of corruption, lawlessness and other controversies”. The Sindhi nationalist also did not rule out the possibility of mid-term elections, but declared that it was equally important to recover looted kitty of exchequer, and hold strong, transparent accountability of rulers.
He said that masses had pinned their great hopes over the current situation, expressing his deep apprehensions about any further reconciliation between PML-N and PPPP. The head of Awami Tehrik, Rasool Bakhsh Palejo has expressed his distrust over any change, sans better law and order situation of the Country, and accused the rulers of selling Pakistan sovereignty and integrity to America.
He also berated incumbents’ lack of understanding of global politics, while being engrossed in loot, plunder and in fighting, most of which was just eyewash to hoodwink public. The head of Jai-Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Bashir Khan Qurieshi accused both PML-N and PPPP of indulging in disputes for their own narrow interests, having nothing to do with masses’ interests.