Nawaz Sharif lures Sindhi nationalists

PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif has said his party gives equal importance to all provinces of Pakistan and that his agenda is similar to that of the nationalist political parties of Sindh.

“Provincial autonomy, new provinces and other important issues should be considered anew,” Shairf suggested at a press conference during his visit to the residence of Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STP) chief Qadir Magsi here on Tuesday.

Sharif called for accountability of all those who subverted the country’s laws and constitution with impunity and denied rights to the marginalized communities and autonomy to the provinces.

“Such men whether they are in positions of authority should be brought to book,” he added.

The PML-N chief emphasized implementation of the resolution passed by the parliament in connection with Abbottabad incident on May, 2 in which US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden. “It’s an issue of our sovereignty.

Government should take a firm action,” he added.

Demanding immediate arrest of the killers of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, he lamented that the culprits were still at large.

Sharif said his party had the same manifesto as that of the nationalist leaders he met here. “We talk about rights of poor people, minorities and autonomy for provinces,” he explained.

To a question, he said his government introduced various schemes for development of Sindh’s rural areas. “We launched the yellow cabs so that people involved in transport business can earn a living.” he said, adding that his party began to distribute land to poor peasants in Sindh and made access to justice easier during his two stints in the government.

However, he recalled that the party’s mandate was not respected and against a total of 10 years term after winning two elections, PML-N was not even allowed 5 years in the government.

“Our many development plans remained incomplete,” he added, saying had his government been allowed to continue the issues of Sindh and Balochistan would have been resolved. He blamed judiciary of legitimizing coups of adventurer generals in the past.

When queried for his party’s stance on creation of new provinces, Sharif proposed that an academic dialogue should be held on the matter. “I am not against new provinces as smaller administrations are able to perform better,” he added.

He praised nationalist leaders for their struggle for the province’s rights and said all cultures should be proud of their languages and vibrant traditions.

Earlier, Dr Qadir Magsi expressed gratitude to Nawaz Sharif for acknowledging the problems of smaller provinces and assuring his support.

The PML-N leader also called on Rasool Bux Palijo, President Awami Tehreek, at his residence earlier in the morning.

The two leaders talked about issues of mutual importance.

Talking to media after the meeting, they said the two parties would cooperate with each other on the issues which concern the both.

Sharif said the province should have rights over its natural resources and that fairness should be ensured in distribution of water. “Denying admissions in Karachi’s educational institutions to youth of interior Sindh is not acceptable,” he said.