LAHORE - PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has said Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the prime minister office as he had become a burden on the motherland which was not ready to tolerate him anymore.

“The Sharifs ruined the country economically and committed the offence of burdening Pakistan with enormously heavy foreign debts,” he said while talking to different delegations at Bilawal House here yesterday.

“Their offence is not pardonable,” Zardari said referring to the Sharifs governments in Centre and Punjab while terming their development feats ‘merely a showpiece’ and unrealistic. He said the Sharifs fear the bomb of their artificial progress could blast and create havoc.

Further denouncing the economic policies of the PML-N, he alleged that they prioritised such projects would have little impact on long-term and real development of the nation and the country.

Instead of meeting the basic needs of the people and investing on nation building projects, their focus has only been on constructing roads and that too in areas of their choice, with an aim to serve their vested and electoral interests, the PPP leader added.

“The Sharifs think spending on water projects is as good as burying funds under the ground. They believe spending on the roads is visible to the masses while on water it isn’t,” he said.

Zardari said the Sharifs have no concern with anything other than gaining cheap popularity. He said Nawaz can’t think beyond GT Road while focus of Shehbaz Sharif is confined to Lahore only.

“Nawaz Sharif has proved he is the prime minister of GT Road alone. Same way Shehbaz is the Chief Minister of Lahore and not of the whole Punjab.”

Referring to the recent change of command in Balochistan, the PPP co-chairman said that Takht-e-Raiwind (implying the Sharifs) had made Balochistan their colony and every member of the Assembly their servant; therefore, the Balochistan members stood in revolt.

On the upcoming Senate election, he said, the PPP will do its best to retain majority in the upper house and announced launching of his daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari in politics. Asifa is entering the electoral politics, Zardari announced.

He said he had already said about Nawaz that he would raise the slogan of Greater Punjab and by analogising himself with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh, Nawaz Sharif had proved his word.

Zardari also criticised Nawaz for ties with India and said, trade with India is dearer to PML-N chief than raising Kashmir issue. He said Nawaz Sharif desires to transport Afghanistan minerals to India, adding that the Indian businessmen will destroy Pakistan economy if Nawaz Sharif’s policies are acted upon.