Sharif urges supporters to brace up for 'revolution'

Published: August 12, 2017
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LAHORE: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif concluded his marathon homecoming rally in his native town of Lahore on Saturday where he riled up his supporters for what he called ‘revolution’ asking them to wait for his ‘new plan of action’ that he would unveil on the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan which falls on Monday.

During his four-day-long homecoming rally, Sharif had stopovers in different cities of Punjab where he bitterly criticized the judiciary which disqualified him last month for holding any public office in the Panamagate case.

“Should the monopoly of a few be allowed to suppress 200 million people of Pakistan? This humiliation is not acceptable to us,” Sharif said in a veiled reference to the Supreme Court which ousted him.

The convoy of Sharif, which had set off from Islamabad on Wednesday, reached late Saturday night at Data Darbar of Lahore, the final stopover, where a huge crowd was present to welcome the deposed premier.

Sharif lamented that no prime minister of Pakistan had been allowed to complete his constitutional five-year term but three dictators ruled the country for 30 years. “This system is affected by a virus and will have to be changed if we want to change the destiny of this county,” he said.

He said he was voted to power by 200 million people of this country but just ‘five people’ sent him home.  Sharif said he had no desire to for power but now he would not stay back. “Now you will have to take a firm stand,” he told his supporters.

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He said the judges who disqualified him had admitted that Nawaz Sharif was not corrupt and had not embezzled public money, adding that he was disqualified for not drawing salary from his son’s company.

“It is not your business if I didn’t draw salary from my son’s company,” he said, while asking his audience, “is it a justified reason to kick out Pakistan’s Prime Minister?”
Sharif opened his speech by asking people if they accepted the court’s decision of his disqualification. He said the massive turnout in his rally proved that the people had widely rejected the court’s decision.

He said the passion and vigour he has seen in his workers was an indicator of a revolution. “This revolution is to bring justice, to eliminate poverty and to bring prosperity in the country.”

The former premier called for accountability of those creating hurdles in the way to prosperity. “The people who made mockery of democracy should be brought to the book. Pakistan has seen the tragic Fall of Dhaka and lessons are needed to be learnt from that debacle,” he added.

He said despite all the hurdles created by the people who conspire against the PML-N government, they brought prosperity to the country by reducing load-shedding and gas shortage and by developing large infrastructural projects.

“If we want to change our future, we need to change the system of this country. With a better and a transformed system, will we be able to regain our respect and pride in the world, which we have lost after this decision,” he said.

Highlighting flaws of the justice system, Sharif said cases linger on in courts for years but people do not get justice. “Both the social justice and legal justice systems need to be transformed,” he said, adding that “we will change this country into a state where people will get justice in only 90 days.”

Sharif asked his workers to vow that they would support him in his plan. “With your support, I will give you a Naya Pakistan,” the former premier said while using the slogan of his arch rival Imran Khan. “With your help, I will make this country the land once dreamt by our forefathers,” he claimed.

He said the time has come when majority was needed to be respected. “Nawaz Sharif promises that the majority will be respected. I do not fear for my life and fulfill my promises,” he added.

Taking a dig at his opponents, Sharif said AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, who, he said, had done a great job, could also ousted for delivering. He also asked his supporters to promise to support his revolutionary program.

Earlier Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif also addressed the gathering and said the past four days have proved that the youth was with the PML-N not the PTI.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri, MNA Hamza Shehbaz, Saad Rafique, Khawaja Asif were amongst the many leaders present on the stage.

Earlier Nawaz Sharif also addressed his workers at Muridka and Shahdra where he asked people if they had accepted the decision of his disqualification.

He said people from Islamabad to Lahore had rejected his disqualification and that neither he nor the people would sit patiently. He said the case that was opened from Panama closed on Iqama.

Former prime minister’s rally was received by several hundred jubilant PML-N activists and supporters on its arrival Lahore. Sharif’s vehicle was showered with rose petals and there were plenty of fireworks as his caravan inched its way through the city.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Saleem
    Aug 12, 2017 - 8:34PM

    ….. country belonged to the masses,
    not a handful of people.

    Finally, he got it right. The country belongs to masses and rule of law and NOT to a handful of corrupt politicians.Recommend

  • Truthful
    Aug 12, 2017 - 9:40PM

    No

    We do not accept verdict against you.

    You and your family should have

    been thrown in jail for life.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 12, 2017 - 10:03PM

    The script writers had “disqualified” him long before panama drama surfaced. They tried during first dharna, miserably failed, again tried in second dharna. Again failed then finally as Jawaid Hashmi exposed the conspiracy, other conspirators and favourable “Umpires” joined hands and they sucessed in ousting elected prime minister. Even now chances of the conspirators and their pawns of getting into power or becoming PM would never succeed and they would fail miserably in next elections too just like they did in last elections and kept whining about rigging.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 13, 2017 - 12:09AM

    Better Question!
    How did so many members of Team Sharif become so fabulously wealthy with no matching income stream, job, or tax return matching information??????Recommend

  • maheen.
    Aug 13, 2017 - 1:02AM

    You are going to Adyala Mr. Nawaz no mater how much you cry. it’s a shame that a sick person like you was elected by this nation thrice. But this monarchy game is over. You will have to pay for your sins, Adyala is waiting for you. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 13, 2017 - 1:14AM

    Will any body tell Nawaz Shareeef that the Supreme court convicted him. By telling ugly words against judiciary he is constantly committing contempt of court. The SC is not taking a suo moto action is there no one to knock the door of SC and tape the ugly mouth uttering non sence.Recommend

  • JM
    Aug 13, 2017 - 3:38AM

    NS – You and your family will soon be history. Adiala Jail awaits all of you. You’re nothing but a liar and corrupt insect. The judiciary will further exercise it’s right and lock you up for good. Shameless individual and family!Recommend

  • Sean
    Aug 13, 2017 - 3:44AM

    Just ban him like Altaf Hussein, his speeches are not different than Altaf.Recommend

  • I. Khan
    Aug 13, 2017 - 4:15AM

    Ex PM Nawaz Sharif should be in jail, he is openly calling for a mutiny and he is committing a treason. Nawaz Sharif thinks he can start a revolution in Pakistan similar to what Tayyip Erdoğan had in in Turkey, this guy is gone too far and he must be stopped.Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 13, 2017 - 6:07AM

    @Imran Qadri. Stop deluding and smoking whatever you have been. And stop blaming things on non existent stuff. The fact is, nawaz sharif is corrupt and he is going to pay for it. Come what may :-)Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 13, 2017 - 8:53AM

    Have the moral courage, dignity and humanity to turn in the murderers of that innocent youngster in Lalamusa who was rammed by your motorcade, Mian Sahab, and accept your due share of responsibilty. That would be the real revolution!!Recommend

  • saqib
    Aug 13, 2017 - 11:00AM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Just show money trail to prove his children bought London properties with halal money and PM and his children miserably failed to show money trail. In fact they concocted lies and presented forged documents to conceal one lie with another lie. It is really as simple as that. No shasiz no conspirators.Recommend

  • disgraceful
    Aug 13, 2017 - 12:48PM

    One feels he deserves what he is going through. He is stupidity personified.Recommend

  • Sure
    Aug 13, 2017 - 1:10PM

    Those who thought he had lost public support after disqualification are in great pain.Recommend

  • Adagio for Strings
    Aug 13, 2017 - 3:35PM

    Mighty corrupt seeking more chances to loot this hapless countryRecommend

  • AQ
    Oct 9, 2017 - 4:13AM

    Only revolution Sharif’s can bring is to remove ethics morality out from people. Sharifs are traitors.Recommend

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