Hinting yet again at 'lifetime imprisonment' on the cards for him, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday "all out efforts are underway to send me behind bars."
Addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rally in Jhelum, he said, "My competitors aren't my immediate political opponents [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party] rather the ‘shadow forces' they take dictation from."
Sharif said he appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) 62 times despite lack of evidence the accountability watchdog had against him.
Emphasising that the country's progress lies in the respect of vote, the PML-N supremo urged the people to respect vote while prompting others to pay it the due respect too.
PML-N not to allow even a minute's delay in polls: Sharif
“We need to end this play under which Pakistan’s vote hasn’t ever been respected in 70 years of the country's creation. PML-N will not repeat history. Pakistan will become the ‘Asian Tiger’ ... 2018 polls will turn into a referendum.”
Calling PTI chief Imran Khan a ‘coward’, Sharif challenged him to stop hiding behind the ‘unseen forces’.
Criticising PPP co-chairperson Zardari on his recent announcement of ‘possible’ alliance with the PTI, Sharif mockingly said the PPP chairperson is not only shaking hands with PTI chief but is also planning a ‘heart-to-heart’ with him.
The PML-N Quaid blatantly reminded both the opponents of being less of competitors to him, saying "my competition is with those whom you take directions from."