Extending his support to the judiciary, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was the last hope for the supremacy of law and justice in the country.

While speaking to a gathering at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore, he said that all segments of the society played their due role in the reinstatement of judiciary and what is happening to the judiciary today is awful in every respect.

Commenting on Arsalan Iftikhar’s case, he said that only Supreme Court judges would decide whether it was a conspiracy or not.  The need of the hour is that the whole nation should support judiciary, he added.

The chief minister noted, “President Asif Ali Zardari had offered that cases against us can be withdrawn if ‘Dogar Raj’ was accepted but we turned down his offer and continued to struggle for independent judiciary with the support of the masses”.

He claimed that President Zardari along with his cronies was taking the country into deep crisis and nation is passing through misery due to corruption and misdeeds of the rulers.

In his view, the country was currently facing clutches of terrorism because former president Pervez Musharraf who bowed before foreigners for a few pennies.

Flaying criticism at the federal government, the chief minister said the PPP-led government broke all records of corruption and financial embezzlement in the country. The masses were ashamed and annoyed over the plunder of the ruling lot, he said.

Urging the people to get together on a single platform, he said the need of the hour is to get rid of corrupt rulers and pull the country out of the quandary of crisis. Misdeed of ruling lot was the main reason of many issues including terrorism, energy crisis and worst economic situation, he added.

Voicing his concerns over drone strikes he commented, “There was hardly any difference between terrorism and drone attacks if innocent people were killed in both the cases”.

The chief minister said that time has come to take practical measures and tough decisions for the welfare and betterment of the masses, adding that the current situation could change if austerity, honesty and a spirit of hard work was adopted.