* PML-N chief says prime minister should not expect any support from opposition

* Country cannot afford more oppression, tyranny, violence

* Govt deliberately creating sugar shortage

KHAIRPUR/LAHORE: A government with a begging bowl is not acceptable, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday.

“The incumbent government cannot control the crises in the country, while we don’t even accept a government, which has extended a begging hand. The government did not take the opposition on board while signing an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Therefore, the prime minister should not expect any support from the opposition,” Nawaz said while addressing a public gathering. He asked the government to depart from anti-public policies. “We will oppose all such policies,” he announced.

“We want to bring a peaceful green revolution in the country. I’m searching for a team that is committed to bringing about this revolution. The country can’t afford more oppression, tyranny and violence,” he underlined.

“In pursuit of our destination, on one hand we sit on the back of a horse – democracy – while on the other on the back of a donkey – martial law,” he added. “Had the country been allowed to move forward in consonance with democratic norms, it would have been a developed country by now and its people prosperous,” Nawaz said. “We don’t want politics of the 1980s repeated in the country. Sometimes the government pursues a warpath with judges while sometimes it clashes with other institutions. Inflation is also rampant in the country,” he added.

The PML-N chief said poverty and price hike were on the rise, and questioned why timely decisions had not been taken on the issue of sugar prices. He said electricity was not being provided but the helpless masses were being served inflated electricity bills.

“The one who dismembered the country was presented with a guard of honour,” he said. “I had proposed for the formation of an independent commission for provision of relief aid to flood victims, but it was not accepted.” Had the proposal been accepted transparency would have been ensured in the distribution of relief assistance among the flood victims, Nawaz added.

According to a private TV channel, Nawaz said the Pakistan People’s Party-led government did not honour its commitments, promises, created numerous problems and difficulties which have broken the back of the people of Pakistan.

Sugar hoarders: Nawaz accused the government of deliberately creating sugar shortage, as a result of which its price had soared to Rs 110 to Rs 120 per kilogramme. He demanded stern punishment for those involved in black marketing of sugar.

“We don’t want mistakes of the 1980s and 1990s to be repeated again, but the federal government creates new problems and issues every day which has made the people of the country very angry. The federal government is shifting the blame of its failures on the masses. Electricity charges have been increased when there is an acute power shortage in the country,” the channel quoted Nawaz as saying. online/daily times monitor