Former president of Pakistan Justice (R) Muhammad Rafique Tarrar has said the youth of Pakistan should rise up against the government as the General Musharraf has entered into a deal with the US to break the country.
He stated this while presiding over a seminar held in connection with the 10th death anniversary of Javed Ashraf Shaheed of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) which was held at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday.
Speakers paid rich tributes to Javed Ashraf for his efforts for democracy, and maintained that his sacrifice would not go waste. "He sacrificed his life for principles. His struggle should be deemed as a great example," they said.
Rafique Tarrar was of the view that the frontiers of the country had become insecure. "Our borders are no more secure. Those, who were supposed to the guard the frontiers, have occupied the house and thrown out its residents," he added.
He was of the view that Waziristan was burning while in Balochistan, separatist agenda was being carried out. "I ask what kind of our army is, which is killing its own people. Now it is the time to rise against the present dispensation," he said.
Former Governor Punjab and President PML (N) Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa said if the workers wanted to bring an end to dictatorship, "then you should struggle for this. Mere wish without any effort will not get us any thing. We need to make efforts for the return of our exile leadership apart from strengthening our party to the union council level," he added.
Khosa said Shahbaz Sharif’s message for the workers was to bring unity in the ranks and file of the party. "They (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif) want to come back, but if we will not struggle for this, then their return will be difficult. And if we unite, then nothing can stop them from coming back to their country," he stated.
While referring to the law and order situation and price hike, Khosa was of the view that the situation of the country was in a very bad condition. "The army has taken over the country, and now there are plans of bringing retired army officers in to the police force. Nawaz Sharif is the only leader who can bring the country back on track," he averred.
Central Vice-President of the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) and PML (N) MNA Tehmina Daultana, while delivering her speech in Punjabi, said all her partymen were ready to go to jails for Nawaz Sharif. "The incarcerated leaders have done no wrong, rather a retired General wanted to prolong his stint through such tactics," she said.
Daultana was of the view that Nawaz Sharif did not commit a mistake except of appointing General Musharraf as Chief of the Army Staff. Musharraf is not a president, but a retired General. "Musharraf has plans of breaking the country. Balochis and Waziris are being killed by the army," she added.
While talking about the meeting of the Central Working Committee, she said Nawaz Sharif wanted to know from the party leaders how to help Pakistanis. "He yearns to come back to Pakistan. I have told him to announce a date, and see how you will be received by the masses. He wants to come back and serve his people," he stated.
MPAs Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Rana Tajummal Hussain, Chaudhry Abdul Gafoor Khan and Dr. Asad Ashraf, President PML (N) Lahore Mian Marghoob Ahmed, Central leader PML (N) Rana Tanveer Hussain, Naseer Ahmed Bhutta Advocate, General-Secretary Women Wing (Punjab) PML (N) Begum Shahnawaz and Chaudhry Muhammad Riaz also addressed on the occasion.
Mian Muhammad Tariq, Nasir Iqbal Khan and Mirza Gulraiz Baig presented declarations about the restoration of democracy, the supremacy of the Constitution, immediate to the military operation in Waziristan and Balochistan, various problems being faced by the country and demanded of Pervez Musharraf to immediately step down.