Pakistan News – PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif on Monday promised soft loan with less mark-up rate for unemployed skilled youth if he is voted to power and that he would make Pakistan and Sindh a citadel of peace.
He said that his past performance in government, when he had put an end to dacoit raj in Sindh, is evidence of the fact that he has always served the masses.
Kick-starting his party’s public campaign in Sindh ahead of the May 11 polls, he arrived in Tando Allahyar to address a crowd of several thousand people in Shalimar garden in support of Dr Rahila Magsi and her brother Dr Irfan Gul Magsi, who are respectively contesting on NA-223 and PS-51 of the district on PML-N tickets.
Magsis are considered a formidable force as Dr Irfan had won PS-52 in the 2002 general elections when Tando Allahyar was carved out of Hyderabad district as a separate district.
His elder sister Dr Rahila Magsi became the first district nazim of the area, executing noticeable development works that made them a force to be reckoned with in this otherwise stronghold of the PPP.
“Today Pakistan is indebted to the tune of Rs15800 billion… when Musharraf departed loans stood at Rs6000 billion and now after five years of this government, the loan [Rs15800 billion] is staggering,” he said.
Party leaders including Zafar Ali Shah, Ghuas Ali Shah, Saleem Zia, Ismail Rahu and others were present on the stage.
Dr Rahila and Dr Irfan also spoke on the occasion, urging Nawaz Sharif to give status of a taluka (administrative division) to the historic Nasarpur town if PML-N forms the next government.
They also said that rotation of irrigation water should be put to an end because farmers, whose lands are located at the tail-end, do not get irrigation water and suffer badly from water scarcity.
Sharif also promised that the metro bus service would be run in Karachi on the pattern of Lahore’s metro bus service.
He criticised President Asif Zardari for not coming to the rescue of the people of Sindh when they were hit by floods in two back-to-back disasters.
“Zardari was visiting London and Paris when his people [in Sindh] were drowning and their farmlands were inundated in rainwater and floodwater. I came to Sindh and brought huge quantity of relief goods,” he said while referring to the 2010 and 2011 floods and rains which caused serious losses to farmers.
The former premier said that the apex court had clearly stated that certain parties have their own militant wings but the president did not take any action against them.
“There are people who had murdered 50 to 100 people. How could you tolerate all this president saheb?,” asked Sharif.
He criticised the Sindh government for not distributing laptops the way the Punjab government did.
“Don’t the people of Sindh deserve laptops?, he said.