RAWALPINDI: The President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday said the people would vote for the PML-N candidates for the sake of development and prosperity of the country despite the fact that the PPP, PML-Q and PTI had joined hands against his party.
He claimed that the ‘tiger’ would roar on May 11 and would make the rivals run away from the field.Nawaz addressed election rallies in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Swabi, Haripur and Abbottabad, focusing on future development programme and achievements of the party.
Addressing a public meeting at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, which falls in the NA-55, Rawalpindi, which once used to be a stronghold of former PML-N stalwart Shaikh RashidAhmed, Nawaz said, “Once he (Sheikh Rashid) used to be our favourite but he changed his loyalties, but the current candidates are loyal to the party.”
He recalled that he was elected for five years twice in the past but was given opportunity to serve the nation for a total period of four years but his government carried out unprecedented development work in the country.
“I regret that I was pushed out of the country and could not serve the country for 10 years,” he said.The former prime minister said giving jobs to unemployed youth, releasing loans to skilled youth on soft conditions, putting an end to loadshedding and getting rid of foreign loans were among his top priorities.
Nawaz said on coming to power, he would break the begging bowl as he did in 1998 when his government conducted six nuclear tests in response to five tests from the neighbouring country. “I did not compromise dignity and honour of the nation and the country and refused billions of dollars for not conducting the nuclear tests,” he said.
PESHAWAR: Nawaz Sharif asked the people to vote for his party nominees for bringing about a positive change in the country and peace in the region.
Obviously in a hurry, the PML-N chief hardly spent 10 minutes in Peshawar. He delivered a speech at the residence of the party’s secretary general Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Jhagra village outside Peshawar.
In his brief speech, he asked the people to vote for the candidates of PML-N to strengthen the country and ensure a better future of the coming generations.“The people should make the right decision on May 11 for the sake of the country,” Nawaz said, adding the PML-N had always strived for Pakistan’s prosperity.
The PML-N chief said he had a dream to build a motorway from Peshawar to Kabul and extend it to Tashkent, turn Pakistan into a commercial hub of the region and pave the way for rapid development.
Nawaz particularly focused on the youth and said they must prepare for a better future as the PML-N was determined to address the joblessness. In a lighter vein, he added, “But I am not asking those having fake degrees. I am not asking the youth for vote only. I also urge them to take part in the activities to make Pakistan prosperous.”
SWABI: Speaking at a public meeting in Swabi, Nawaz said if voted to power his party would adopt result-oriented policies to revive the economy and put the country on the path to progress. He said in the past Pakistan’s economy was much better than that of its arch-rival India.
“If we emerge victorious on May 11, we will formulate policies to rejuvenate the economy and overtake India. This is our determination and without economic revival it may be difficult to materialise our dream of progress,” he said. He asked how the country could become developed if the industrial units faced frequent and long hours of power outages.
Criticising both Imran Khan and President Asif Ali Zardari, he remarked: “The one is a khilari (player) and the other a madari (juggler).” “President Zardari is playing a political game while remaining behind the curtain. He cannot come out. No doubt, he will meet his fate in the election on May 11,” he declared.
The PML-N chief said the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians could only be seen in advertisements instead of the political field. “We have planned to extend the motorway from Peshawar to Kabul and from Karachi to Gwadar,” he said.
ABBOTTABAD: Nawaz Sharif said his party was determined to changing the fate of the country. He claimed that in 1998 he had refused a lucrative offer of five billion dollars from the US which wanted Pakistan not to conduct the nuclear tests.
He promised to steer the country out of the prevailing crises and said the unemployed youth would be provided soft loans to start their own businesses. The party chief said relief would also be provided to farmers by ensuring provision of fertilisers‚ seeds and pesticides to them.
HARIPUR: Addressing a pubic meeting in the Haripur district, Nawaz said his party would sweep the polls and all his political rivals would face a humiliating defeat.
“The PPP is involved in the character assassination of the PML-N’s leaders,” he said, adding that President Zardari was behind the media propaganda against his party. He pledged that Hazara division would be given the status of a separate province and a medical college and university would be established in Abbottabad.