Generals curse upon country: Nawaz Sharif
LONDON: Former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has said that Generals have always been a curse upon the country.
"Every coup has ended in catastrophe," he said in an interview here on Tuesday. "Musharraf has reduced this parliament to a rubber stamp. It has no powers and can be sacked by uniformed generals anytime. He has tampered with the constitution. Now, it`s the judiciary`s turn -- no wonder there is chaos on the streets."
He said violence has been on the rise ever since Musharraf usurped power as parties in tribal Balochistan hate Musharraf because he used the army to murder their popular leader Nawab Bugti in broad daylight in August last year, he maintained.
He pointed out while answering a query, Pro-Taliban groups hate him because he supports the US-led war in the region. Finally, almost all political parties in the country hold him responsible for the recent riots and deaths in Karachi. The situation is bound to worsen.
Commenting on present violence across due to which at least on hundred people have been killed since March 9 after suspension of Chief Justice, he said, the present movement must evolve into a major uprising due to policies of the government.
Referring to democracy, he said, "Bhutto and I don`t merely want to restore democracy, but strengthen it in such a way that the army returns, once and for all, to its barracks, keeps its hands off politics and respects the constitution of Pakistan."
"She admitted on television that she was in touch with Musharraf but said there was no deal. Our joint Charter clearly says there can be no dialogue with army dictators. I, for my part, have adhered to it." he noted.
Regarding the question with US relation, he said, "I had a good relationship with former President Bill Clinton without offering him any guarantees. I don`t need to offer Mr. Bush any either. We will fight others` battles only if we are ideologically committed ourselves. But the US and all foreign powers should note: If you continue to support one individual, you will alienate 160 million Pakistanis thirsting for democracy."