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Nawaz Sharif and turncoats

April 05, 2013

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on a number of occasions reiterated his principled stance that he would not adopt anyone from the PML-Q and those politicians who had been a part of Gen Pervez Musharraf’s cabinet. Nawaz Sharif has been demanding the trial of Gen Musharraf for removing his government in October 1999.

Unfortunately, to have majority in the National Assembly, the PML-N chief has abandoned his own principle and has set a bad precedent by welcoming all those politicians who were part of the Musharraf government and strengthened his rule.

The majority of politicians joining the PML-N is loyal to Musharraf. I would like to ask Nawaz Sharif what legacy as a politician he wants to leave.

The truth is that the PML-N chief is interested in political power to rule and enrich further his family business empire. He doesn’t believe in any principled stance in politics.

What is most pitiable is that his political party, which claims to be the party of the Founding Father Quaid-i-Azam, is actually his family fiefdom, having reliance on the electables and influential political families rather on ordinary people?

What is the PML-N’s political ideology or principles to defend in the forthcoming elections? It is feudal-style politics which didn’t let democracy to flourish.

There must be a reason why people distribute sweets whenever the army removes a civilian political government and welcomes a dictator. Why the majority of people holding key positions in the PML-N are its close family members? Nawaz Sharif doesn’t allow any outsider to share power within the party. Being a politician created by the military, he has not been able to become a democratic politician.

He tried to impose Sharia to become Amirul Momineen by passing 15 constitutional amendments. He allowed his party workers to attack the Supreme Court.

By freezing the foreign accounts of locals and expatriates after the nuclear test in May 1998, his government violated all international and local commitments. A politician should not have the only objective to rule the country, but he or she should also be a role model for the new generation of politicians.

SYED TASSADUQ Lahore