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Nawaz Sharif wants to break Pakistan, says PPP’s ex-minister

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party and former federal minister, Dr Asim Hussain, on Friday said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to break Pakistan.

“Nawaz Sharif wants to take Pakistan 200 years behind. He wants to break Pakistan,” Hussain alleged, while talking to media persons on his return from London at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.

“I came back to my country Pakistan and City Karachi. The faces of political leaders and institutions like NAB, who would say that I wouldn’t return, have turned black,” he said. “Nawaz Sharif sahib, I want to tell you that you and your family can run away, but we will not leave Pakistan.”

PPP senior leader Dr Asim Hussain returned to Karachi from London on Friday, where he had gone for medical treatment last month.

“The war that you are raging with our military leadership is not good for Pakistan,” former minister said, while addressing to Nawaz Sharif.

Hussain said that the military leadership belonged to Pakistan. “It belongs to the nation and is from among the people. We are standing with the military leadership. We will protect every inch [of the country]. Move away from this war, otherwise the nation and the PPP will make an example out of you,” he said.

The former petroleum minister said that that there is a difference between the actions and words of the PML-N leadership. Responding to a question, the PPP leader alleged that the PML-N leadership wants to put into action their design of ‘Greater Punjab’.

The PPP Karachi chief, who is out on bail in two cases of corruption and one of aiding terrorism, left for London on September 10 for medical treatment, after his name was struck off the Exit Control List (ECL).

On August 29, the Supreme Court ordered the relevant authorities to remove Dr Asim’s name from the ECL, overturning an earlier Sindh High Court ruling.

His name was placed on the ECL in November 2015. Asim was allowed to leave for abroad for one month for medical treatment and had to submit a surety of Rs6 million.

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