"No chance" of another martial law in Pakistan: Sharif

Pakistan`s main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif 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.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 21:21 PM IST

Peshawar: Pakistan`s main opposition
leader Nawaz Sharif on Saturday 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.

The PML-N chief made the remarks while interacting
with children in the flood-hit Charsadda district of
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
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.

He called on the judiciary and parliament to throw out
corrupt people from politics.

Sharif also made it clear 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 added.

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