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Unrest in Punjab : Conspiracy to Oust Shahbaz Sharif by PPP

By Salman Mugsi • Jan 5th, 2009 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 8 Comments

All of a sudden, Pakistan’s most populous province is under wide-scale crisis. There is a huge energy crisis out there in Punjab. Industries, factories and production units are out of operations and there is no production as there is no power. Domestic users are without gas, electricity, water and fuel. Load-shedding is everywhere and the people are loosing their temper big and ugly time.

Though the situation regarding energy is dismal throughout country, but strangly enough all of a sudden it seems that the Punjab has been choked by the unavailability of the energy and the life has come to a standstill. The citizens here loosing their jobs, business and everything and the streets of Punjab have burst into fierce protest against continued load shedding of electricity and gas. Chaos is everywhere, especially in the industrial cities like Faisalabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Rawalpindi.

People have come out on the roads. The angry demonstrators are torching tyres, pelting stones on the police vehicles, rampaging Wapda offices and torching everything in sight. As usual the police is resorting to baton charge, which let loose a reign of terror in the town. According to the media reports, in Faisalabad, large crowds of vexed citizens at different vintage points of the town angrily demonstrating do not seem to be getting under control by the contingents of police, who appeared outnumbered by the people making a beeline for demonstration.

In the protest, there is no political party invovled. No ethnic, relgiious or political outfit has given any call for the protests. These are common folks comprising of men, women, children who are ill at ease with their lives which has become a living hell and many of them are talking about suicide. Numerous trade and businessmen organizations besides the labour unions have also joined in the people’s protests, which suddenly has intensified and overtaken the whole province sending the routine life paralyzed.

As the system of power, gas, petrol and water is primarily controlled by the federal government and there is no sense of urgency from the Islamabas, people are talking about that this is being done on purpose from the PPP, to make the situation more worse in Punjab and then to overthrow the PML(N)’s Punjab government on the pretext that Punjab government has remained unable to resolve the miseries of the people. It is being said that governor Punjab Salman Taseer is the mastermind of all this rumpus and he is working on direct orders from Asif Ali Zardari.

Governor is all set to oust the Shahbaz Sharif from the chief minsitry and then form a coalition government with PML(Q), and Mushahid Hussain Syed from PML(Q) has also met with Zardari in Islamabad to finalize the details. Governor Taseer’s visit to the Chaudhrys after coming back from Larkana is being seen in this context.

The truth is that the masses are not that foolish and naive. They are sensing what is going on. Throughout Pakistan, if one person is doing anything for the people, he is Shahbaz Sharif of Punjab. If there is government anywhere in Pakistan, then it is in Punjab and the PML(N) has done a commendable job if not ideal despite of the intervention of Salman Taseer & co. It would not merely be unfortunate for the Pakistan, if PPP does any misadventure in that regard, it would be catastrophic for the system, and if PPP gets naughty in Punjab, it will get punished in Islamabad.

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  1. Conspiracy to Oust Shahbaz Sharif by PPP???? If there is no electricity, no petrol, no money to feed, people will come out on streets. Industry is run by electricity which we donot have in Pakistan what ever the reason may be. I am surprised that it has taken that long for people to come out on streets, however, government still does not understant the reasons behind the unrest.

    It is not a conspiracy.

  2. @ Ahmed

    government still does not understant ”

    which govent are u talking about federal or provincial?

  3. I have friends in WAPDA, who have told me because federal governt is not paying the IPPs therefore they have shutdown the units, leading to massive load shedding,

    despite increasing the power tarrifs manifold, where is all the money going is anybody’s guess,

    we have the capacity to produce power, the IPPs wount do it untill they are paid,

    fee sabee illah tou koi kaam nahi kerta

  4. Muhammad Ali Sajjad

  5. Dear Farid

    whats the point with the link you posted

  6. When weak governments have nothing to do creative or productive for public, they prefer to adopt such tactics for destructive purposes as they are doing in Punjab.Zardari and co after granting charity of 1000 Rs /month to their poor voters and contrary to this ,they are granting lucrative national jobs to his so called nephews and nieces and permits of export/imports to his close cronies.No law or system of governance are ever seen in any where in govt circles and” zardari is always right “is strongly being seen in all govt levels even our streets are also colored by zardari unexplainable praises.I still couldnt realise, where this diamond man was for last 15 years and why BB had hidden this precious jewel of politics in NY 8000 KM away from her residence. I can only pray that Naheed khan, safdar abbasi and gillani like true workers of PPP could awakened their conscience that has been dormant after the tragic murder of BB.

  7. great information indeed

  8. nazia i think you are wrong

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