Sharifs’ politics to end after SC verdicts

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Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa said on Monday the politics of the Sharif brothers would end after decisions were passed on the pending cases registered against them in the Supreme Court.
Addressing a press conference at the Multan airport, Khosa strongly criticised the politics of the Sharifs brothers and said they had resorted to destructive politics. “The Punjab chief minister is leading demonstrations against the federal government and sabotaging the peaceful environment of the province.
The Sharif brothers want to set up a monarchy like the Mughal emperors,” he added. He said the brothers were not ready to accept Asif Zardari as president and Yusuf Raza Gilani as prime minister and added that the Supreme Court should take suo motu notice of it as it was a case of treason. Khosa stated that Shahbaz was an unconstitutional chief minister as he was not even a member of the Punjab Assembly. The governor congratulated the people of south Punjab on the passage of a resolution in the Punjab Assembly in favour of south Punjab as a new province.
“A national commission on the province will decide about the modalities for the new province. There will be a consensus on the name of the province, however, the Sharif brothers are exploiting its name,” he added.
To a question about the new province, he said amendments to the constitution would be made in the parliament and senate and there was no need to resend the matter to the provincial assembly as a resolution had already been passed unanimously. The governor observed that the south Punjab province would comprise 15 districts, 54 MNAs, 122 MPAs and 23 senators and would have its own parliament, high court and other infrastructure.
He added that the inclusion of Jhang, Khushab, Mianwali and other cities in the province would also be welcomed.
To a question, he hoped the Pakistan Peoples Party would win the next elections and added that the people who were opposing the new province had seen their fate in the Multan by-polls. In response to another query on reopening NATO supplies, the governor said the matter would be settled after receiving the recommendations of a parliamentary committee.
“The PPP government respected the sentiments of the public and suspended NATO supplies after the Salala check-post incident. National interest will be protected at all costs on the issue,” he said.