`No chance` of another martial law in Pak: Sharif

Former Pak premier and main opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said there is "no chance" of imposition of another spell of martial law.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2010, 13:41 PM IST

Peshawar: Former Pakistan premier and main
opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said there is "no
chance" of imposition of another spell of martial law in the
country though steps should be taken to remove corrupt persons
from the corridors of power.

Sharif made the remarks while interacting with children
in the flood-hit Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
province on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr yesterday. He visited
a relief camp and distributed sweets, clothes and gifts among
the children.

"The failure of the government cannot be described as
the failure of the democracy," he said, referring to the
criticism of the Pakistan People`s Party-led coalition`s
handling of the floods.

Questions were being raised due to the tainted image of
some politicians, he said and called on the judiciary and
Parliament to throw out corrupt people from politics.

Sharif also said that there was "no need" for a military
operation in the insurgency-hit province of Balochistan.

The federal government should stand by the flood-affected
people and start rehabilitation work, he said. "Our resources
are not so limited that we cannot rehabilitate the flood
victims."

He criticised the government for its inability to take
timely measures to help flood victims so that they could
celebrate Eid properly.

"The problem is within the ranks of the government," he
said, warning that any failure to act quickly will aggravate
matters.

"The government should stop looking towards the outside
world (for aid) and it must undertake indigenous efforts to
combat this challenge," he said.

PTI