CIVIL SOCIETY PAKISTAN

May 29, 2008

Zardari consents to Musharraf exit

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THE NATION

MAY 29, 2008

By YASIR HABIB KHAN

LAHORE-PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that solution to all problems lies in a public revolution. He said that nation is ready for this revolution as ground for it has been prepared. He said that this is the only way to get rid of Musharraf also.
He expressed these views while addressing a jam-packed gathering held in connection with Youm-i-Takbeer at Aiwan-i-Iqbal here on Wednesday.
He said that loud and clear verdict given by people against Musharraf on February 18th polls had raised the hope for change in the country. He said that PPP-Co Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari missed the golden opportunity.
He said a bigger and daring decision than the mandate of February 18th polls was demanded by Pakistanis. He said that the decision is only for a ‘public revolution for which everybody is ready’.
He said that had he been given power after February 18 polls, he would have got Musharraf out of President House the very next day without any delay.
Nawaz said that during his meeting with PPP-Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari , the former had assured him of ousting Musharraf soon. He announced that if Asif Ali Zardari failed to get the judges restored, he would join the lawyers bus to march towards Islamabad.
Participants of Youm-e-Takbeer ceremony kept chanting slogans of longlive Pakistan and livelong Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz further said that ‘I am observing a strange scene of passion among the people which I never witnessed during public meetings and rallies anywhere else in the country’.
He said after peeping into the overwhelming passion, he could foresee that fate of Pakistan was going to change.
‘The eyes of every participant is assuring me that future of Pakistan will be in the hands of people instead of a dictator’, he said and ,added, that if he could make Musharraf see the scene, he was witnessing now, Musharraf would take to heels at once.
Calling every participant of Youm-i-Takbeer as ‘my lions’, he said that PML-N had sworn to change the system for the betterment of people of Pakistan. He said that to live up to the promises, PML-N would not retreat even from the sacrifice of its blood.
PML-N Quaid, making participants recite famous verses of Allama Iqbal, said that whenever he found himself in difficult situation, the verses of Allama Iqbal worked to reinforce his strength and will-power. He said that today he wanted to give everyone a lesson of self-respect, as this was the key of success.
He said that when he took hard decisions including May 28th, 1998 atomic bombs detonation, the self-respect helped him as a beacon of light.
He said that Musharraf was mother of all problems.
‘When my govt was toppled illegally, country was heading toward prosperity and people were not witnessing price-hike, joblessness, and even the problems of atta and loadshedding was not there while people were not going missing’, he added.
He said that there was no sign of suicide bombings.
He said that after Musharraf seized power, situation started moving towards decline.
‘Ego of nation was trampled, sacrifices of Kashmiris was bartered, hero of nation Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan was imprisoned and country become a colony of foreign power’, he added.
He called Musharraf a lier, saying what he promised, never fulfilled.
He said that Musharraf promised nation that if people gave verdict against him, he would step down himself, but he did not keep his words as people gave mandate against him on February 18 polls, but he was still sticking to his chair.
He said that he forgave Musharraf for what he did against him and his family.
‘I forgave him for sacking his Constitutional govt. I forgave Musharraf for his mala fide action to maltreat him, to put him behind bars, maltreat his wife and mother, to disallow him to attend his father’s funeral , to put him in forced exile two times and all other threatening and harassing moves against him’, he added.
But I would never forgive him for what he did to the country and the nation, he said.
He said that nation became laughing stock in the world, country was made slave of America, bloodshed was made people’s fate, political and economic crisis were given as gift to people, independence of judiciary and media were put on stake, judges were sacked to prolong  rule. He said that these were not the blunders but the crimes, which could never be forgiven.
Meanwhile, addressing on the occasion, PML-N senior leader Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said ‘on May 28th, 1998, Pakistan exploded nuclear bombs which made us a proud nation.
‘With the same spirit and courage we need another atomic bomb to destroy the foundation of dictatorship, control the price-hike and iron out other long-standing problems’.
He assured the people ‘we have won half of war but there are still lot of its phases which are yet to be conquered’.
He said that as people show discipline and unity, all the phases would be completed in a befitting manner.
On the occasion PML-N Punjab President Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, former Federal Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Punjab Minister for Excise and Taxation Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman also spoke on the occasion. They congratulated the nation for marking the Youm-e-Takbeer with zeal and fervour.
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was also presented a memorandum in connection with the celebrations of Youm-e-Takbeer.
Earlier, while talking to reporters on his arrival from Islamabad at Allama Iqbal International Airport here, Nawaz Sharif has said the forces attempting to divide the ruling coalition will face utter failure.
He said that ‘the designs of these forces will never come true and they will face utter failure in creating even a minor crack in ruling coalition.
He said that consensus was being developed among PPP, PML-N and all other allied parties for the future of one man.
To a question, he said consultation on the proposed Constitutional package were underway and deposed judges issue would soon be sorted out.
He assured that public would not be disappointed with regards to reinstatement of judges, freedom of judiciary and supremacy of Constitution and the law.
With regards to Youm-e-Takbeer, Nawaz Sharif said despite immense foreign pressure, he had conducted nuclear tests in Chaghi Mountains on May 28, 1998 and made Pakistan the first nuclear state in the Islamic world.
Nawaz said that ‘we will continue with our struggle to make Pakistan an invincible country’.
He paid glowing tributes to nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

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