PESHAWAR – In a reaction, which some analysts describe as a sober one, to the ‘assault’ made by President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif Friday said thousands of people had attended the funeral prayers of his father in Makkah.Talking to reporters in Peshawar, Nawaz said he paid a visit to the ailing Hakim Ali Zardari, the father of the president, in London and he still prayed for the departed soul. He recalled that he was not allowed to participate in the burial of his father.Nawaz said Pakistan was facing multiple crises and only those with a clear history could get the country out of the turmoil. He stressed that Pakistani airbases should not be handed over to foreign troops. He also called for holding talks with the Taliban without wasting more time.The PML chief said the United States should play a positive role in resolving the Kashmir dispute. At a public gathering, the PML-N chief blasted the government, saying it had only given destruction to Pakistan over the last four years.He said the government must link the restoration of Nato supplies with halting the US drone attacks, as he also demanded a full guarantee for respecting Pakistan’s sovereignty.“We should convey to the US in clear terms that we don’t compromise on our sovereignty and territorial integrity and this is the voice of each Pakistani living in the country,” Nawaz remarked while an addressing a big rally, organised to welcome the PML-Q provincial chief, Amir Muqam Khan, who has joined PML-N along with thousands of his supporters.PML-N Khyber Pk President Pir Sabir Shah, General-Secretary Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, senior leader Sardar Mehtab Khan and MPA Shazia Aurangzeb were also present on the occasion.Congratulating Amir Muqam for joining the party, Nawaz urged people to unite for the cause of Pakistan, which had been paralysed by terrorism, loadshedding and lawlessness.He held former dictators responsible for the problems of the country and said they always pushed the country towards Balkanisation and separatist tendencies, as he cited the example of former East Pakistan and critical situation prevailing in Balochistan. Nawaz also said that the personal interest of politicians also played a part in dismembering Pakistan.Nawaz said the pace of development recorded during his stints as prime minister was far better than that of neighbours.“Pakistan was self-sufficient in everything and the economy of the country was much stronger than India, while the government was considering exporting electricity to our neighbours.”He said several of mega projects were halted after the Musharraf takeover, adding that the PML-N had planned to extend the Motorway to the Central Asian Republics via Afghanistan.He asked the government not to compromise on national security and to decide every matter as per the wishes of the masses.Nawaz suggested the government to convey the US authorities not fix bounty on peaceful Pakistani citizens and provide evidence if Hafiz Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, was found involved in any crime.In his speech, Amir Muqam said he had decided to strengthen Pakistan and Khyber Pk by joining strengthening the hands of Nawaz, who had the capability to restore peace in the province and rescue the nation from the curse of terrorism. He said he had no personal agenda and the move was based upon the decision of the masses.On the occasion, two PML-Q MPAs, Muhammad Rashid from KP-87 and Fazlullah from KP-88, also joined the ranks of PML-N. After the switch over by Amir Muqam, some other prominent politicians from Malakand Division are also now in the folds of PML-N.Nawaz also visited the house of former PML-N leader late Anwar Kamal Marwat and expressed condolences to his family over his sad demise.