Not part of any London plan, says Sarwar

Source: Published in Politics on Monday, February 2, 2015

LAHORE: Former Punjab governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on Sunday rejected the notion that he was part of a ‘London plan’, further stating that he was prepared to face any punishment if allegations were proven against him.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, Sarwar said that he had no ties with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The former governor said that 95 per cent of the Pakistani people are under the control of 5 per cent of the population. He also said that it would not be fair to blame only politicians for the situation.

Replying to a question, he said that he would not try to apply for British citizenship again and that from now on his life was only to serve Pakistan.

He called the people of Pakistan courageous, who had proven themselves during every difficult period.

Regarding his future in politics, Sarwar said that he would decide after consulting with his friends.

The former governor had resigned on Thursday, over what he said was a failure to achieve what he had set out to do.

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 also said Washington should have given equal importance to New Delhi and Islamabad while making its policies for the region.

He said President Obama should have used the opportunity to normalise tensions in Indo-Pak ties.

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