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The Islamabad drama

August 24, 2013

THE Sikandar drama in Islamabad has drawn a lot of criticism of the PML-N government for not taking appropriate measures which it ought to have taken. It was a failure of the intelligence agencies.

The PML-N government has been criticised by almost every political party. A few days back, the veteran PPP politician, Mian Raza Rabbani, put 17 questions to the PML-N government pertaining to the Islamabad drama. Conversely, the interior minister asserted: “I can ask 117 questions [… of] the last government of the PPP but I don’t want to get in a reckless debate.”

He went on to say that it had been only two months since we had taken over the helm of affairs and, thus, more time should be given to them.

In addition, the prime minister alleged that we have come to know the gravity of problems after coming into the government. I think the opposition has forgotten how it ruled the country. Corruption was at its peak.

Corruption amounting to about Rs3,000bn was committed by the PPP government in the last five years. In addition, the debt from 1947 to 2008 was Rs6trn and in only a short period of five years it soared to Rs14trn. Where did that money go?

There were sectarian attacks across the country. Targeted killings were witnessed by people in Karachi, which unfortunately still persists.

Political appointments were made. Meritocracy was murdered. In addition, government jobs were sold in Sindh. Besides, this practice still continues in Sindh. The PPP should not forget the Haj scandal. In the end, I want to say that before criticising the PML-N government, the PPP should not forget its terrible rule (2008-2013). When it comes to governance, I personally believe it was the worst government since independence.