Pakistan Muslim League-N president Nawaz Sharif with brother and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.—File Photo

MULTAN: Pakistan Muslim League-N president Nawaz Sharif said here on Friday that the Supreme Court in its judgment on the law and order situation in Karachi had asked political parties to expel criminals from their ranks, adding that it was now parliament’s duty to ban all organisations that had militant wings.

Talking to journalists at Multan airport, Mr Sharif said he was optimistic that in the forthcoming elections the masses would reject the political parties that harboured militants because these were working against the county’s interest.

Answering a question, he said new provinces should be created on administrative grounds and not on linguistic basis.

He warned there would be a Karachi-like situation in a new province made on the linguistic basis. “Ethnic war is the root-cause of lawlessness in Karachi while elements involved in criminal activities are taking shelter in political parties,” he said.

He said the Punjab government had launched several development projects in south Punjab and rejected allegations that the provincial government led by his party was not giving southern Punjab its due share in funds.

Mr Sharif said the chief minister of Punjab had left Lahore and camped in southern Punjab when the region was hit by floods last year; more Danish schools were being built in southern Punjab than in other areas of the province and in the Yellow cab scheme also a sizeable share had been given to the region.

PPI adds: Earlier, addressing rain-and flood-hit people at a relief camp in Tando Adam, the PML-N leader said he understood the sufferings of the people of Sindh and his party would solve the problems of the province it voted into power.

He criticised the government’s performance when people needed its help and said if Nawaz Sharif could reach out to the people of flood-hit areas why could leaders of the government not do so?

He deplored that the condition of the people of Sindh had worsened because the disaster had struck dozens of districts but the government was nowhere to be seen in the entire province.

He said the people of Punjab had helped their brethren in Sindh at this difficult time and this help as a duty and not just merely a nice gesture.

Mr Sharif said Rs100,000 should be given to each flood-affected family instead of Rs20,000 to enable them to rebuild their homes.

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