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Failure to hold fair polls to spark strong reaction, Nawaz cautions Pak govt

Publication Date : 01-10-2012


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif yesterday said he believes there will be strong reaction in the country if the next elections are not held in a transparent and fair manner.

Talking to newsmen after visiting a relief camp for rain-affected people at Sakhi Mehar Shah near Jacobabad, he asked the Pakistan People Party (PPP) government to form an impartial caretaker set-up to hold elections.

He said his party fully supported the six-point formula presented by Baloch leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal for improving the security situation and restoring peace in Balochistan.

He said the federal and provincial governments should implement the formula immediately otherwise the situation would worsen and the PPP government would be held responsible.

Sharif said there was unrest in Sindh because two different local government systems had been imposed through an ordinance. Just to please its ally, the PPP government was trying to divide Sindh, he alleged.

He said the PML-N supported the nationalist parties and other groups who were opposing the new local government system and would join them during their protests.

He said recent rains had damaged a large number of houses and standing crops and urged the government to take steps to rehabilitate flood-hit people and help them prepare their land for cultivation.

He said the PML-N would not leave rain-affected people in the lurch.

Sharif said the government of Punjab had sent 10 trucks of food and relief goods for the rain-hit people of Sindh and would continue to send more.

He said the government should give 100,000 rupees (US$1,053) to each rain-affected family immediately and compensate people for the losses suffered by them.

Earlier, Sharif took an aerial view of the rain-affected areas of Jacobabad, Dera Allah Yar and Dera Murad Jamali districts.

He announced 200,000 rupees compensation for the heirs of each person killed by heavy rains and flood in Balochistan and distributed ration among affected people.

The PML-N chief could not distribute relief goods in Jacobabad because of mismanagement and trucks carrying foodstuff were handed over to a committee headed by Sardar Manzoor Khan Panhwar.

Sindh PML-N president Syed Ghaus Ali Shah, Saleem Zia, Marvi Memon, Kial Das Kohistani and Sardar Manzoor Khan Panhwar accompanied Sharif.


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