Former Punjab governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, who resigned from his post on Thursday, says Pakistani institutions should follow the methods employed abroad.
Speaking to the media in Lahore on Sunday, Sarwar said that Pakistani leaders travel abroad often, and questioned why they cannot implement the same methods employed there. He added that he is hopeful that the situation in Pakistan will get better after the devolution of power.
He said he resigned from his post after putting much thought into it and dispelled rumours that he will be joining the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Regarding his future in politics, Sarwar said that he would decide after consulting with his friends.
Sarwar who had left his British nationality to become the governor of the Punjab province also rejected rumours of him applying for dual nationality again. He said he will return to Pakistan soon.
He also demanded punishment for those responsible for the ModelTown killings. He regretted that every third overseas Pakistani was target of mafia.
Sarwar also rejected the notion that he was part of a ‘London plan’ and said that if the allegations against him were proven true that he would happily take on any punishment.
Sarwar said that 95 per cent of the people in the country were stuck under the five per cent. It was only fair to lay blame to the leaders and politicians who are the reason behind the situation. He had lamented that the land mafia had more power in the country than a sitting governor.
The government accepted his resignation, with Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal having taken over as acting governor.
Sarwar had criticised the civil bureaucracy, saying they enjoyed each and every perk and privilege in the country but had contributed nothing to the nation in the last 68 years.
He had further said that polite methods to make the civil bureaucracy realise its duty had failed and now the only option left was to teach them through the use of “baton”.
The governor had said Washington should have given equal importance to New Delhi and Islamabad while making its policies for the region. He said Obama should have used the opportunity to normalise tensions in Indo-Pak ties. He called the people of Pakistan courageous, who had proven themselves during every difficult period.