Sindh Interior Minister Anwar Siyal clarified on Sunday that the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) support for democracy does not mean that it supports the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
“He is constantly attacking the judiciary and state institutions,” he said in a press conference, referring to Sharif’s speeches during his ‘homecoming’ rally on GT Road, where he asked his supporters the reason of his expulsion repeatedly.
“He [Sharif] says he is being treated unfairly. Your party has the federal government as well as the provincial governments of Punjab and Balochistan, yet you are playing the victim. Why don’t you tell us who is victimising you?” he demanded.
Siyal recalled that when former PPP prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was ousted, then the President Asif Ali Zardari had replaced him with Raja Pervez Ashraf instead of challenging the judiciary and the system.
Siyal’s comments echoed PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, who on Friday had wondered why Sharif is unwilling to accept the court’s decision. The former president had also called Sharif “dangerous” for the “democratic process”.