Governor’s Rule in Sindh: Zardari asks PM Sharif “Are you with me or establishment”

By Kiran Bokhari

Islamabad ( Former President Asif Ali Zardari is making a last ditch effort to save Sindh from ‘Governor’s Rule’.

Last night he launched a tirade against the army and establishment and today he sent a clear message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking him “are you with PPP or with establishment”. Although Nawaz asked him to meet him in person but Zardari is in no mood to be ‘diplomatic’ this time like he always had been in the past.

After the charge-sheet of rangers and arrest of Sindh five government officials in land grabbing case by (the rangers) the PPP co-chairman has decided to take on the establishment hard before it manages to send the Sindh government home through the federal government.

PPP top leaders Pakdestiny spoke to also said: “It is a decisive moment for PM Sharif to decide whether he is with democratic forces or with the establishment”. They said if PM Sharif imposed Governor’s Rule in Sindh he would soon be sent home as well. He should not remain in any delusion, they warned.

PM STATEMENT: A day after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari unleashed his tirade against the military leadership, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday stepped in to defend the armed forces.

The statement from PM House quoted Nawaz as saying during a meeting on political consultations that criticism of the armed forces encourages destabilising factors in the country, adding that under the current circumstances criticising the armed forces was not an appropriate step.

He further said that the operation against terrorism is in its critical stages, adding that national unity was the need of hour.

“Coordination between the civilian and military leadership has strengthened democracy. This harmony is evident in the decisions taken by the All Parties Conferences (APC) during which the civilian and military leadership set joint national targets,” the statement said. Nawaz also underscored that the process should continue with the same passion.

In an uncharacteristically aggressive speech, Zardari on Tuesday lashed out against what he called “the character assassination of his party” and warned the military leadership that if they did not stop, he would expose the misdeeds of many generals.

The former president said army chiefs come and go every three years but the political leadership was here to stay. “We know the country better and we know how to run its affairs,” he stressed.

The federal government assured the Senate that there is no plan to dislodge the Sindh government.

“The government could have dislodged the Sindh government when there were daily target killings,” State Minister for Interior Baligur Rehman told Senate in response to a call attention notice moved by PPP over the raid conducted by Sindh Rangers on Karachi Building Control Authority. Pakdestiny

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