Punish culprits behind Karachi violence: Sharif

KARACHI — Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Monday said it was up to the president and prime minister to decide when to call general election.

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:52 AM

“I cannot give any time frame for the next general election. It is up to the president and prime minister to give the date for next election”, PML-N chief told newsmen on his arrival here from Lahore for a three-day visit to Sindh.

Nawaz blamed the government for plunging the country into one crisis after another and said there was no improvement in the performance of public sector organisations especially Railways and PIA which were incurring huge losses and were a heavy burden on the exchequer.

The former prime minister demanded that the government bring to book culprits held responsible by the Supreme Court for violence in Karachi.

“I want peace restored in Karachi and those involved in violence and target killings tried and punished. It is my personal wish and party’s desire to see Karachi again becomes city of lights,” he remarked.

Nawaz rejected the idea of seeking foreign aid for flood victims and advised Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to help the affected people from his discretionary fund.

The PML-N chief who will visit flood affected areas from Tuesday stressed that the federal and provincial governments should have taken immediate steps to help the people affected by heavy rains and floods.

He lamented that his party desired that the government and opposition should work jointly to help the affected people but the response was not forthcoming that was regrettable.

Nawaz said rapprochement among political parties in Karachi was a welcome sign and point scoring should be avoided when people of this great city were being punished for no fault of theirs. news@khaleejtimes.com

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