Lahore, Mar.16 (ANI): Pakistan Punjab's Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's statement pleading to the Taliban to spare the province from violence has attracted massive outrage in political circles of the country.
Shahbaz has come under a severe lashing from the opposition, and was humiliated in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) assembly when a woman Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) removed her 'dupatta' asking him to wear it.
"If Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is so scared of the Taliban, then he should starting wearing a 'dupatta'," Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Nighat Orakzai said while throwing her dupatta on the floor of the house.
She said Shahbaz's statement has revealed that he is only concerned about the safety of his province, and couldn't care less about those killed in terrorist activities in the NWFP.
It may be noted that speaking during a seminar at a mosque on Sunday (March 14), Shahbaz had pleaded to the Taliban to not to carry out attacks in Punjab.
"General Pervez Musharraf planned a bloodbath of innocent Muslims at the behest of others only to prolong his term in office, but we, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PLM-N) opposed the former president's policies and rejected the dictation being received from abroad. If the Taliban are also fighting for the same cause, then they should not carry out acts of terror in the province of Punjab," Shahbaz had said.
Shahbaz, however, later defended his remarks, saying he was 'misreported' and his statements were twisted by the media. (ANI)