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Anti-democratic forces will exploit people's discontent with govt: Nawaz

11 January, 2013

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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that although the democratic government is completing its tenure, it had not come up to the people's expectations, which could be exploited by the anti-democratic forces.

Addressing the All-Parties Conference called by the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday, the PML-N chief said that assaults on democracy might increase in case the government does not deliver. It was a good sign that the government is completing its term, but common people were still suffering with troubles, he said. He said that Pakistan lagged behind in the race of progress among the SAARC countries, as businessmen were winding up their businesses from Pakistan and shifting them to countries, like Bangladesh.

Nawaz said that the PML-N would not allow a few men to usurp the rights of 18 million people. He criticised the PML-Q and the MQM, coalition partners of the government, for supporting Tahirul Qadri's long march. "They should give up their dual policy and make it clear whether they are with the democratic or anti-democratic forces," he said. "It is ironical that the deputy prime minister is supporting the long march against the government and the MQM is saying that they will participate in the long march while remaining in the government," he added.

He regretted that the PPP did not honour the Charter of Democracy (CoD). "After a few days of the signing of the CoD, the National Reconciliation Ordinance emerged on the scene," he said. The PML-N chief warned that the situation in Balochistan cannot be improved until the grievances of the people are addressed. Nawaz admitted to removal of Mengal's government in Balochistan during his tenure. He said that his party's chief ministers in Balochistan used to meet the army chief before meeting him.

The PML-N president called upon all patriotic political forces to make joint efforts for frustrating anti-democracy elements out to derail democracy. "We all have to play our role to steer the country out of prevalent crises," he added. He said that democracy which returned after a long struggle by all strata of society, especially the lawyers, was confronting threats, but no one would be allowed to derail it. He said they all deserve credit for parliament which was going to accomplish its constitutional terms.

"I am happy that assembly is completing its full term," he said and added that if democracy fails to deliver, the people will definitely be disgusted and lose confidence in it." He regretted that some dictators were still abroad. Nawaz regretted that murderers of Shahzeb have not yet been nabbed due to which the Supreme Court had to intervene. Commenting on tense situation at the Line of Control, Nawaz said that Pakistan and India were the two sole countries where soldiers were being killed at border. He asked the quarters concerned to take notice of the situation at the LoC.

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