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Punjab governor rejects disputes with Sharifs

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LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has nullified rumors that he has developed differences with Sharif brothers over governance issues and that he is thinking to resign.

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“I am not resigning. There is no truth in reports that I am going to resign to on my return from London,” Mr. Sarwar told media on phone from London. He is scheduled to return on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, rumors that he is going to resign due to differences with government were started after the governor raised governance issues in Punjab in an interview with a private TV channel.

“In the interview I had not said something which was against someone. Whatever happening in the country every citizen is in distress, including myself. Everyone is concerned about the state of education, health and justice. You see might is right rule everywhere. I am not a conventional politician. I speak the truth without considering political dispensation,” he said.

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Considering the current situation as testing for government, the governor said, “Even if I have differences with the Sharifs I will not leave them at the point where they need me most.”

“I am critical of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif on different issues, but I am critical of myself as well,” he added.

He declared good governance to be of utmost important to strengthen democracy. He had gone to the UK primarily for generating funds for flood-affected people.

“All politicians, including Imran Khan should get united for the country. This is not the time of politics,” he expressed.

The governor regretted the statement of PTI’s disgruntled leader Javed Hashmi that he (Sarwar) was present at a meeting between Imran Khan and Dr Tahir ul Qadri.

I always had a respect for Javed Hashmi but his allegation has hurt me,” he said.

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