Pakistan becoming failed state: Nawaz Sharif


Lahore : Nawaz Sharif, chief of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), has said the entire system of the country seems to be collapsing and slammed the government for presenting a picture of a “failed state” in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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The former prime minister strongly criticised the government led by President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for the flip-flops in its statements following the Mumbai attacks and challenged Zardari’s assertion that there was no proof that the Mumbai attackers belonged to Pakistan.

Sharif, who belongs to Pakistan’s Punjab province, said the village of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested in Mumbai, was cordoned off and his parents were not allowed to meet anyone.

“I have checked myself. His (Ajmal Kasab) house and village has been cordoned off by the security agencies. His parents are not allowed to meet anybody. I don’t understand why it has been done,” Sharif said in an exclusive interview to Geo TV Thursday night.

He called for allowing people and media to meet Imran’s parents so that the truth will come out. “We need some kind of introspection,” he added.

The former prime minister said the entire system of the country had failed, that it was becoming a failed state, and called for adopting a fresh road map with renewed commitment in order to save it.

“I don’t want to create problems for the government …. the country could destabilize if a movement is carried out on streets,” Sharif said.

Stressing that he was not after the post of president, Sharif said: “We still want this government to complete its five-year term… I don’t want the position of President Asif Ali Zardari”.

The PML-N chief also called on the people to come forward and play their role towards saving this country, which is heading towards nowhere.

Expressing his anger with Zardari for breaching his promises on reinstating judges sacked by Musharraf, Sharif said: “To Asif Ali Zardari promises are meant to be broken but to us promises are always meant to be fulfilled”.

He called on the PPP to recognise the will of its former leader Benazir Bhutto regarding the Charter of Democracy and demanded the government keep its promises regarding the 17th amendment of the constitution, allowing the judiciary to function independently.