Nawaz hits 
out at ‘corrupt’ government

ISLAMABAD - Campaigning for his Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) candidates for the Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly elections party chief Nawaz Sharif delivered a scathing attack on the PPP-led coalition accusing it of being corrupt, incompetent and weak.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 23 Jun 2011, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:39 PM

“President Asif Ali Zardari has run a highly corrupt government,” said Nawaz to a crowd of approximately 5,000 people in Bhimbar, about 50 kilometres from Mirpur in AJK.

“He should quit the politics of banditry and stop damaging the country’s major institutions.” The PML-N leader is on a five-day whirlwind tour of the territory which will hold its legislative elections on June 26. Nawaz has been campaigning on behalf of several

candidates for his party, but appears to be fighting a fierce battle: most analysts predict an edge for the PPP in the AJK assembly.

Nawaz has also spent some time campaigning for his party’s AJK chief, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, in his native constituency, LA-26 in Hattain Bala, Nawaz’s political gatherings have seen crowds in the thousands in the territory.

At least 15,000 people are estimated to have shown up for his rally in Islamgarh which, uncharacteristically for a Pakistani political event, started half an hour ahead of schedule.

The PML-N leader’s speech in both places largely consisted of rhetoric he has already been employing during his whistle-stop campaign tour throughout Sindh and Punjab. In Azad Jammu Kashmir, Sharif has been careful to add references to Kashmiris separately from Pakistanis.

“Pakistan belongs to the 180 million Pakistanis and Kashmiris, not to Zardari or Gilani. The politics of flattery will not work in Kashmir,” said Nawaz. While much of his speeches focused on lambasting the president and the PPP-led administration in the federal government for corruption and incompetence, the PML-N leader did spend some time talking about what he considered to be his own party’s accomplishments in office, both in Punjab currently as well as during the 1990s when the PML-N won the national elections twice.

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