LONDON – PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has accused the PPP-led coalition government of destroying Pakistan for the sake of their personal interests.

Addressing a press conference here in London on Saturday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president said democracy was being dealt a blow and the Supreme Court attacked through the new contempt of court law. This law has been made to hide corruption, he alleged. “The PPP should not have made this law in such haste only to protect a handful of people... They should have sat across a table with us and other parties to prepare the law through collective wisdom.”

The former two-time prime minister said some people don’t want to see Pakistan progressing. It has become a joke to break the constitution, he said, adding that the country cannot bear another martial law. He then called upon the government allies to part ways with the PPP in view of its waging a war against the Supreme Court.

Nawaz also accused President Asif Ali Zardari of violating the Charter of Democracy (COD) signed by him and PPP’s late chairperson Benazir Bhutto. Defending his party, he said “we are labelled as friendly opposition”; and then raised the question, “Do friendly oppositions conduct long marches?”

About the cases of corruption against him and his family, he said the cases that Nationality Accountability Bureau (NAB) wanted to reopen had no strength. NAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari has ordered reopening of three references against Sharif family. The Sharif Brothers are allegedly involved in a $32m embezzlement case.

Those who backed off their promises of giving evidences to the Scotland Yard and changed their positions were unable to run the country, Nawaz said in an obvious reference to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who had said he would provide the London police with evidence against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its chief.

The PML-N leader declared: “I will not refrain from rendering any sacrifice; I never compromise on principals.”

Though, Nawaz is accused by Chaudhries of Gujrat, once his friends, of leaving the party cadres in the lurch by entering into a clandestine deal with former iron man Gen (r) Musharraf to save his own and his family’s skin. The Chaudhries and others later joined General cum President Musharraf and formed for him the PML-Q, then dubbed as king’s party.

The PML-N chief said he had sacrificed his government in Sindh for law and order and over the murder of Hakeem Muhammad Saeed in Karachi. Paradoxically, he also claimed there was no terrorism in his period. He said he should be given credit of the good work he carried out during his two stints as the prime minister.

Nawaz said that he had built motorway, where fighter planes like JF-17 Thunder and F-16 could land and take off, signed deal of JF-17 project, invited Indian prime minister, eliminated unemployment – and was about to eliminate poverty when his government was toppled by those who were against the development.

Nawaz Sharif said that the government has not been able to do anything about the loadshedding issue in the past four years. A nuclear state is not able to provide electricity to its people, he remarked expressing wonder. How can those who cannot fulfil their promises run the entire country, he questioned. He said some people believe that PPP would win the next general elections but ‘it is not going to happen’.