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Govt pressure on Nawaz counsel: Kulsoom

DAWN - the Internet Edition

11 September 2000
12 Jamadi-us-Saani 1421

Govt pressure on Nawaz counsel: Kulsoom
By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE, Sept 10: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has alleged that the government is pressurizing Nawaz Sharif's counsel to withdraw from various cases constituted against him.

She was addressing party workers at a function held under the auspices of the Majlis-i-Tahaffuz-i-Pakistan at her Model Town residence on Sunday. The function was also addressed by former federal minister Tehmina Daultana, state minister Anwarul Haq Ramay and ex-MPA Malik Nadeem Kamran from Sahiwal.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz said lawyers were receiving threatening calls regularly. “The government thought that no lawyer would represent the former prime minister after the murder of Iqbal Raad but they forgot that truth has always its support from those having commitment and courage”, she said.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz criticized the government for the increase in the price of electricity. She said it would have an impact on the prices of items of daily use. Together with reports of proposed increase in petrol price, it indicates a grave situation for the days to come which the present government would unable to handle. There is an urgent need for the revival of the Nawaz Sharif government so that crucial decisions are taken by the political leadership of the country through a consensus, she said.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz announced that the Majlis-i-Tahaffuz-i-Pakistan had decided to establish a monitoring cell from the centre to district level to keep a vigil on irregularities being committed by the present government. Members of these cells would identify the important figures in the government recommending names of Qadianis for posting in strategic posts. Names of persons informing the government about the corruption of the present government would not only be kept secret but the majlis would guarantee their protection.

She paid glowing tributes to former federal minister Tehmina Daultana for her courage and resolution and said hardships of imprisonment had failed to shatter her confidence.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz blasted the federal religious affairs minister for his statement regarding Qadianis. She said it was a greater tragedy than the fall of Dacca as the minister had attacked a piece of legislation passed by the National Assembly with a consensus. "The government should clarify its standpoint on the announcement of a Jehad against Musalma Kazab by the First Pious Caliph, if it considers the Tahaffuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat Law an emotional decision", she said, adding that the government measures were inviting the people to launch a movement on the pattern of the one witnessed in 1953. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz urged the people and armed forces to take notice of the activities of Mansoor Ijaz who she said was trying to broker a secret agreement on Kashmir. She also questioned the chief executive's offer of rolling back nuclear and missile technology. "Who gave him authority to make such an offer ?", she asked.

Mr Anwarul Haq Ramay said the PML would support the PPP in its political struggle but would not form an election alliance.

© The DAWN Group of Newspapers, 2000
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