On Wednesday, leaders of both parties indulged in a mud-slinging bout, and did not even refrain from using abusive language and profanities against each other, besides hurling threats of serious consequences.
MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi had referred to PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar as “Mr Bean”, and said the PML-N leaders would not find a place to stand in the country if “Pandora’s box was opened”.
Rizvi claimed the PML-N leaders used to meet with generals in the dark of night, adding that the PML-N chief was General Jilani’s production, General Zia’s follower and grateful to General Pervez Musharraf.
MQM’s Waseem Akhtar remarked that Nisar was bald and had put on a wig, while PML-N leaders- Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif- both got hair transplants during their forced stay in England, and it seemed they wanted to have “some romantic affairs”.
He further said the PML-N leadership had done nothing for the people of Lahore, and that the people would beat them with shoes.
The MQM leaders also accused the Sharifs of having “weird likes”, as at a women’s convention, Nawaz had compared himself to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife to Mumtaz Mahal.
PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal was critical of the political parties, which in spite of being part of the coalition government, were criticising it day in and day out.
“If they are really sincere, they should leave the government and do politics based on principles,” the Dawn quoted Iqbal, as saying at a press conference on Saturday.
He blamed the government and its coalition partners for the worsening law and order situation, and also slammed the government for a massive increase in petroleum prices, calling for a reversal of the decision.
Iqbal also called for removal of ‘corrupt’ officials from financial institutions, saying that new appointments should be made through a parliamentary committee, and that Pakistan’s economy was on its knees because of corruption.
Had President Asif Zardari acted upon the advice of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, the country would not have been in dire straits, said Iqbal.
He reiterated his party’s stance that it would not be a part of the “puppet show for a mere change of face”.
“My party thinks that any change should be meaningful and decisive,” the PML-N leader added.
Karachi: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is contemplating legal action against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) parliamentarians, who were involved in “bad-mouthing and using unparliamentary language” against the PML-N leadership.
First Published: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 13:21