LAHORE PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has declared that he would be ready to undertake long marches, may it be ten or more, to bring an end to the rampant corruption, price-hike, unemployment and loadshedding, which undermined progress of the nation. Nawaz Sharif was addressing a public meeting organised by Nazria Pakistan Trust (NPT) in collaboration with Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust to celebrate 12th Youm-i-Takbeer. Editor-in-Chief TheNation and Chairman Nazria Pakistan Trust, Majid Nizami presided over the meeting. Chairman Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust, Col (r) Jamshed Ahmed Tarin, Vice Chairman NPT Dr Rafique Ahmed, workers of Pakistan Movement, Col (r) Amjad Hussain Syed, Mian Farooq Altaf, Mian Marghoob Ahmed, Mustafa Sadiq and Waleed Iqbal were present on the stage besides a large number of PML-N workers, Pakistan Movement gold medallists and general public who chanted spirited slogans like 'O Dheko Dheko Sher Aya Sher Aya. NPT had made special arrangements for TV screens display outside the hall to facilitate viewing of the proceedings. NPT Secretary Shahid Rashid conducted the proceedings while Khawaja Mehmood presented a bouquet to Nawaz Sharif. He also arranged playing of a recorded speech of the Quaid-i-Azam, which asserted that Muslims were never afraid of making sacrifices. Nawaz Sharif said he wished the government to obey the Supreme Court verdict and bring back the money dumped in Swiss banks, as it belonged to the people of Pakistan. He said former US President Bill Clinton had offered him five billion dollars for not conducting nuclear tests on May 28, 1998, but he did not compromise on the sovereignty and solidarity of the country. He said his party would continue its struggle for the promotion of sovereign Parliament and the judiciary and it would never compromise on principles. Nawaz said he did not have any doubt vis-a-vis conducting nuclear tests after the Indian explosions. He said it was true that Majid Nizami had asked him to conduct the nuclear tests in response to India immediately, otherwise the nation would blast him. This fact was also substantiated in the Nawa-i-Waqt publications, he said, adding he was then in Kazakhstan when he was informed of the Indian explosions and there and then he had made up his mind to conduct nuclear tests. He said he rang the people concerned to make necessary preparations for the tests. He also talked to the then Information Minister Mushahid Hussain who supported his contention, he said and added the masses also felt strongly against India and wished a reply in the same coin. Nawaz said there would have been no reply from Pakistan, had there been a dictator in uniform like Musharraf at that time. Only a politician in a democratic set-up could do that. He said credit of nuclear programme also goes to politicians. He said besides Bill Clinton all G-8 powers telephoned him requesting him not to conduct the tests but he did not care about their perks and pressures, and made decision in line with the countrys honour and dignity. Nawaz disclosed that President Clinton had later termed his decision wise and appropriate, stressing that the world should be thankful to Mr Nawaz because he had averted nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, he added. Clinton also praised that he played straight and did not indulge in any hypocrisy. He said that after the experiment, the Imam of Masjid-e-Aqsa during his Friday sermon had warned Israel to beware of Muslims because they were now nuclear which was a clear indication how Pakistan had turned stable at the time. He said he had not relied on foreign aids to boost economy or development as self-reliance could only make the country strong and prosperous. He said Pakistan has rich resources to stand on its feet. The foreign aid was being used to overcome budget deficit on which we were paying interests more than our incomes and added that the countries were not run on the style and fashion as it was being run today. Nawaz said the real custodians and heirs of Pakistan were the people alone. The debate to transfer power to real heirs of the country had been continuing for the last 60 years but still fake heirs wanted to rule the country and destroy the nation. He cited example of India where he said none could dare to break the Constitution while in this country every other day the judiciary was overpowered and the Constitution was abrogated. The PML-N Quaid said the criticism on him and PML-N of being friendly Opposition was totally wrong. He said he had never compromised on principled stands. He conducted the long march for an independent judiciary, his stand against NRO and Swiss bank accounts and his decision of quitting the Federal Cabinet were the examples of PML-Ns factual stands on real issues, he asserted. Nawaz said his party would continue its efforts to strengthen Parliament and judiciary. He said loadshedding, inflation and corruption were the issues on which the PML-N would never compromise, adding that he would himself lead the long march if these issues persisted. He also said that not one but 10 long marches could be staged against the corruption without any compromise. He, however, said that he wont like instability and unrest in the country. He said people like Pervaiz Elahi were talking of electing Musharraf for 10 times but he failed to complete his illegal term after the fake election. He said Musharraf had made every effort to meet him but he flatly refused as it had never been his agenda to meet a dictator. Nawaz said that his party had compromised on the name of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Judicial Commission, keeping in mind the sovereignty of Parliament and Constitution. He said the principled stand of his party brought an end to 17th Amendment. He said now the things had been straightened to some extent. He vowed that his party would make all efforts for the betterment of the masses. He said struggle to bring an end to inflation, unemployment and to solve the real issues of the people would continue. He said persons in Federal government say that the government was fully acting on court decisions, but the truth was otherwise and actions were contrary to government stands, he added. He said the masses wished that court orders should be implemented in letter and spirit. He opined the relations with India should be good, but at the same time, Kashmir and other disputes should be resolved. He reiterated his pledged that he and PML (N) would stand shoulder to shoulder with the people to solve the problems the country was facing.He urged people not to lose heart and work hard to alleviate country to a place which it deserved. Earlier, Majid Nizami in his brief presidential address thanked Mian Nawaz Sharif for attending the ceremony. He said Nawaz had made the country invincible by conducting the nuclear tests. He said Youm-i-Takbeer appeared as the 'Day of Destiny for the nation. He said in spite of the US pressure, Nawaz made a landmark decision and made it possible for the brave people of the Pakistan to raise their heads high. He said none other but Nawaz Sharif was the only speaker at the ceremony. The NPT had arranged a live band to play the national songs at the Madre Millat Park at the time of the meeting, which turned it into a public meeting with larger participation of the people.