MINGORA: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday urged his supporters to act on his call no matter where he guides from.
Terming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as Ilzam Khan, Nawaz Sharif said he has played havoc with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and asked the people not to vote him. He said that the enthusiasm of the people in Peshawar and Swat foretell that they would bring the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) into power in the next general elections.
Speaking at a public meeting in Kabal town of Swat district, he said the PML-N had restored peace in Karachi and Swat. He said that he wanted to take the PTI along but Imran Khan opted for the politics of name-calling.
The former prime minister said Imran Khan would not retain the KP in the polls as the people would show him and his PTI the exit door. Nawaz said he knew that the ruling PTI did nothing in KP. He argued that the PTI's provincial government should be made accountable for spending the hard-earned money of the people on the fake Billion Tree Tsunami afforestation campaign. "The PTI ministers blamed one another for looting the Billion Tree Tsunami money," he said, adding that the PML-N provincial head Amir Muqam would form the next government and recover the looted money from the PTI leaders and return it to the people.
He said the PML-N would change the KP and the future of the people of Swat after the next elections when it would form the government in the province. "What did they (PTI) do in the last five years?" he questioned, adding that the PTI leader Jehangir Tareen's fortune grew in these years. He alleged that Imran Khan was using the KP government helicopter for his personal use.
Nawaz said that Imran would scoff at the Lahore Metro project which was completed at a cost of Rs40 billion while the Bus Rapid Transit project in Peshawar would be built with a cost of Rs70 billion. He said Imran doled out his party’s votes in the lap of the PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the Senate elections. He also pointed out that the Sharif family is facing partial accountability, saying, “We are about to complete half-century of court appearances.”
The former prime minister hoped the PML-N government after winning the next elections would oust Imran Khan from KP. Nawaz said people would take revenge from the PTI for their miseries. He recalled that acts of terrorism frequently took place in Pakistan during the Pakistan People's Party and Musharraf governments while the PML-N government defeated terrorists.
He said that Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who left the country due to terrorism, had returned to her homeland during the PML-N rule and it was an evidence that peace had returned to the country. He expressed satisfaction that the PTI did not win the last general election. "In that case, I am afraid the PTI would have destroyed the federal institutions too," he remarked. He said anyone who wanted to see real development should visit Punjab.Nawaz Sharif said that Imran Khan's only contribution was mainstreaming bad politics.
Speaking on the occasion, Amir Muqam said the Zardari and Imran were two faces of the same coin. He said that after the next elections, the PTI folks would hide from the masses for having pursued deceptive politics. He said that PTI had been pushed to a blind alley due to the manoeuvring of Asif Ali Zardari. He maintained that the "people's doctrine" would decide who will form the future government. Amir Muqam said that the ballot would decide the fate of Nawaz Sharif.
The people cheered jubilantly when Nawaz Sharif announced that PML-N would nominate Amir Muqam as candidate for the chief minister after winning the next general elections. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz also addressed the rally earlier.
“People say that Nawaz’s narrative has gained popularity,” she said, adding that the former prime minister’s narrative was based on truth and against injustice. She said that Imran Khan and former president Asif Ali Zardari didn’t unite for safeguarding the public’s agenda.
Maryam, in her speech, reiterated that Imran and Zardari have colluded, calling them ‘brothers’. She said that whatever happened to the votes given by the masses 'was a mockery of Pakistan's law and Constitution'. She said that when the KP was surrounded by issues such as floods and dengue outbreak, Imran Khan was nowhere to be seen. Maryam claimed that conspiracies are being hatched against the vote, adding that Imran and KP ministers are being used as pawns. She said that on the one hand, they blame that a deal has been finalised, while on the other hand they accused others of clash with institutions.
The PML-N leader said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf violated the Constitution and imposed emergency, which also disgraced the sanctity of the vote.