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January 2, 2018

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Ousted PM won’t take retirement from politics, says Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb, has said that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif would not take retirement from politics and would definitely lead the election campaign of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to victory in the upcoming general elections.

Talking to The News, she said, “I want to give a loud and clear message to our political opponents that Nawaz Sharif will continue to play his role in politics, and he never believes in any kind of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).”

She said: “The political rivals are spreading rumours about future of Nawaz Sharif in politics to serve their vested interests, but both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif have not gone to Saudi Arabia to strike any deal.”

The minister of state said why presence of Sharif brothers in Saudi Arabia had become a matter of concern for some political quarters as both enjoyed themselves cordial relations with Saudi Royal family and met its members quite often. She said Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif would not become part of any deal as they enjoyed themselves massive public support due to their hard work in last four and a half years.

“The person who enjoys support of the people of Pakistan can never look towards secret deals. He (Nawaz) will go to the people and let them decide his future in next general elections,” she said.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said only people would decide who would rule the country, adding, “The political rivals should stop looking for short cuts and put in their efforts to serve the masses. To a question, she said establishment of power projects, considerable decrease in power loadshedding, construction of motorways and provision of health and educational facilities in the country speak volumes of the performance of the PML-N government.

When asked about the future role of Maryam Nawaz in politics, she said, “Maryam Nawaz led the election campaign in NA-120 and voters posed confidence in her leadership, so she would play her role in politics in line with the policies of the party.

“At the moment, I cannot say whether Maryam Nawaz will play her political role at the federal or provincial level, but the party will definitely use her abilities in the upcoming general elections,” she said.

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