Nawaz Sharif to hold massive road show for political mileage

Lahore [Pakistan], August 6 (ANI): The PML-N has planned to hold a major two-day road show when former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returns to his hometown Lahore on Wednesday, to get the much-needed political mileage in the face of the challenges its government is facing.

 

The party has postponed earlier plan of Nawaz returning to Lahore on Sunday through motorway by mobilizing people from across Punjab for Nawaz ‘historic’ occasion of returning to Lahore via GT Road as the best option to show its political muscles.

 

Punjab Information Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said the decision to change the programme had been taken on “public pressure”. He said Nawaz Sharif’s journey to Lahore would be completed at least in two days. “Although there are security issues in travelling on the GT Road but Nawaz is a brave leader,” he said.

 

The PML-N workers from across Punjab are being mobilised by the local leadership to reach Lahore and other points to welcome their leader who was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case on July 28, to get a ‘Turkey like public reaction’, the Dawn reported.

 

Since the party rules in Punjab, the opposition Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf has alleged use of state machinery in a bid to make Nawaz’s return to Lahore a ‘historic’ event.

 

“The Punjab government is using all its resources to make the show (Nawaz’s return to Lahore) a success,” PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan said.(ANI)

Pak will remain stable if it follows democratic path: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 5 (ANI): Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the country will remain stable if it remains on the path of democracy, otherwise there will be chaos.

During an informal chat with journalists after reaching Punjab House from Murree, Sharif said that he has a lot to speak on circumstances surrounding his disqualification, but for the time being he wants to remain silent.

Referring to the Supreme Court’s grounds for his disqualification in the Panama Papers case, he questioned as how could he declare a salary that he had never received from his son’s company.

“Whatever happened with me is in front of you all. Had there been any evidence of corruption, kickbacks or misuse of public funds there would have been logic [in the disqualification],” Geo News quoted Sharif as saying.

Sharif said that he acted upon the Supreme Court’s verdict as he believes in the rule of law.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief claimed that he has done nothing which obstructed the country’s progress.

“I want to take the country’s politics in the right direction. I haven’t used crass words against my political opponents. I am not politically isolated,” he said.

Sharif, while referring to former military ruler of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, asked whether or not there was any court in the country that could convict a person who violated the Constitution twice.

He also alleged that Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was ruthlessly killed during the Musharraf regime leading to instability in Balochistan and questioned that did anyone question those who weree responsibe for it and did anyone hold them accountable.

Earlier, Sharif was welcomed by scores of his followers on his arrival in Islamabad.

The former premier’s convoy was surrounded by PML-N supporters, prompting Nawaz to get out of his car at one point and greet the crowd.

According to the report, Sharif will be staying in the capital tonight and proceed to Lahore Sunday morning. (ANI)