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Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. — Photo by APP/File

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said widespread killings of innocent citizens had brought democracy and the existing set-up into question, adding that if the current circumstances persisted, Pakistan may turn into "a failed state", DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives, the chief minister said terrorism was at its peak in the country, adding that if concrete action was not taken against those responsible, the country's foundations may begin to shake.

The chief minister’s statement comes days after the bombing in Quetta which claimed the lives of over 87 Shia Hazaras. A large number of women and children were among the dead.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader moreover said world powers had used militants in the 1980s to fight their so-called war against Soviet communism and now the same militants were terrorists in the eyes of these powers.

Sharif said it was heartening that the country's media was proactive and critical. He added that the real power of the media and the judiciary would become evident in the upcoming general election.

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AA Feb 21, 2013 01:53pm
If you have dynasties and unelected political party heads who are only their for themselves but not for the country, this can be expected.
kokojumbo Feb 21, 2013 01:10pm
Isn't it already one?
Imtiaz Faruqui Feb 21, 2013 03:23pm
A think tank in USA has forecast that Pakistan will become a complete failed state by 2030.
Khalid Feb 21, 2013 07:27am
I am not sure what made it a newsworthy item for Dawn to print it. Mr. Shahbaz Sharif has not said anything important or intelligent enough to be reported. Announcing that Pakistan may become a failed state just doubles my hope that these two parties (PPP and Nawaz Group) should never ever again come to power.
Javed Shakargang Feb 21, 2013 07:44am
His grasp of the obvious is legendary. He states it with incredible poise. We're doomed.
AA Feb 21, 2013 08:04am
Why is Mr.Shahbaz not taking any action against Shia killings in Lahore? Pakistan sure will become a failed state If PPP and PML(N) will be elected again!
Bilal Feb 21, 2013 09:37am
If PML-N had not nurtured banned outfits under their arms, we wouldn't have seen this mass slaughtering of the innocent people.
Abdur Razzaque Feb 21, 2013 10:20am
Thank you Mr. honourable Chief Mininister for telling the real truth on behalf of the whole patriotic people of Pakistan. What's going on and why we are killing each other on what issue. The killing of innocent brotherly peoples as an idea of obtaining a narrow interests is always an inexcusable crime in every way both in religion and to the eyes of civil laws. It is haram and ultimately destroying the total unity and solidarity of Islam. All the leaders and political parties please stand up at least in the name of Allah (swt) and the Prophet (sm) stop this kind of brutality. Whoever is responsible with it are not the believer of Islam and the Muslim world and especially for Pakistan. If the leaders stand up with Islamic spirit,make a common promise and show their devotion to bring peace and stop unwanted and unreasonable self killing, the total integrity of Pakistan can be safe and secure.
shahidmasud12 Feb 22, 2013 12:48am
Is Pakistan already not a failed state ?