Shahbaz Sharif
Security officials escort a vehicle carrying Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan's opposition leader and brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as he leaves the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court after a money-laundering case hearing, in Lahore on October 13, 2020. AFP Image Credit: AFP

Karachi: Leaders of the main Opposition political party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) have said that they are not afraid of arrest by the present government of Prime Minister Imran Khan as they will continue their struggle till genuine democracy is restored in the country.

They were speaking at the Workers’ Convention of PML(N) organised in the SITE area of Karachi to commemorate the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Pakistan by the then army chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on October 12, 1999.

The PML(N) leaders said that the country remained on the right track till the time people having democratic tendencies were at the helm of affairs.

Speaking on the occasion, former prime minister and central PML(N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that a democratic regime in the country had been overthrown on October 12, 1999, as the country was still facing repercussions of that autocratic move.

He recalled that it was the previous democratically elected government of PML(N), which had restored peace in Karachi. He said that democracy was the only passage available to the countrymen to develop and maintain peace in the country.

Abbasi said that ministers who were part of the present government were looting the national resources. “Wheat flour and sugar prices in the country have doubled,” he said.

Former Interior minister and PML(N) leader Ahsan Iqbal said that power projects capable of generating 11,000 megawatts additional electricity had been set up in the country during the previous regime of Nawaz Sharif. He said that Pakistan’s position at the international level had weakened during the present regime as the government had compromised on the issue of Kashmir.