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Failure to hold fair polls will spark strong reaction: Nawaz

September 30, 2012

PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said his party fully supported the six-point formula presented by Baloch leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal for improving the security situation and restoring peace in Balochistan. — File Photo

SUKKUR: PML-N president Nawaz Sharif has said he believes there will be strong reaction in the country if the next elections are not held in a transparent and fair manner.

Talking to newsmen after visiting a relief camp for rain-affected people at Sakhi Mehar Shah near Jacobabad on Sunday, he asked the PPP government to form an impartial caretaker set-up to hold elections.

He said his party fully supported the six-point formula presented by Baloch leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal for improving the security situation and restoring peace in Balochistan.

He said the federal and provincial governments should implement the formula immediately otherwise the situation would worsen and the PPP government would be held responsible.

Mr Sharif said there was unrest in Sindh because two different local government systems had been imposed through an ordinance. Just to please its ally, the PPP government was trying to divide Sindh, he alleged.

He said the PML-N supported the nationalist parties and other groups who were opposing the new local government system and would join them during their protests.

He said recent rains had damaged a large number of houses and standing crops and urged the government to take steps to rehabilitate flood-hit people and help them prepare their land for cultivation.

He said the PML-N would not leave rain-affected people in the lurch.

Mr Sharif said the government of Punjab had sent 10 trucks of food and relief goods for the rain-hit people of Sindh and would continue to send more.

He said the government should give Rs100,000 to each rain-affected family immediately and compensate people for the losses suffered by them.

Earlier, Mr Sharif took an aerial view of the rain-affected areas of Jacobabad, Dera Allah Yar and Dera Murad Jamali districts.

He announced Rs200,000 compensation for the heirs of each person killed by heavy rains and flood in Balochistan and distributed ration among affected people.

Mr Sharif could not distribute relief goods in Jacobabad because of mismanagement and trucks carrying foodstuff were handed over to a committee headed by Sardar Manzoor Khan Panhwar.

Sindh PML-N president Syed Ghaus Ali Shah, Saleem Zia, Marvi Memon, Kial Das Kohistani and Sardar Manzoor Khan Panhwar accompanied Mr Sharif.

Amanullah Kasi adds from Quetta: The PML-N chief urged the government and philanthropists to come forward to help the people affected by heavy rains and floods in Naseerabad division.

During a brief visit to the flood-hit areas on Sunday, he said it was the responsibility of people’s representatives to help the flood-affected people instead of politicising the issue.

Addressing the affected people at the residence of PML-N leader Mir Abdul Ghafoor Lehri in Dera Murad Jamali, Mr Sharif assured them that his party would not leave the Baloch people in the need of hour. He asked the government to compensate the victims and as a first step provide Rs100,000 to each affected family for rehabilitation.

He announced that the Punjab government would give Rs200,000 to the heirs of each person killed in addition to tents, medicines and foodstuff and said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would also visit Dera Murad Jamali.