Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz has fired a broadside at the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), saying “it’s not a government but a torment imposed on the country”.
“Their [PTI] day of reckoning is near... and the day will come soon when these looters and liars will be held accountable,” the PML-N leader said while addressing a party convention in district Bhawalpur on Sunday.
He assured the party activists and workers that the PML-N will win the 2023 general elections and form the government in the country.
“The PTI is not a government but a torment imposed on the country and God willing PML-N will get rid of this government,” said Hamza, who is also a Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly.
He also lashed out at the PTI-led government for failing to form a separate South Punjab province.
While addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan, Hamza said “provinces are not formed through lying and by establishing secretariat but via constitutional amendment..”
He added that PML-N during its tenure moved a bill in the National Assembly to make South Punjab province and provided employment and built development projects in the region.
The PML-N leader went on to say that his party also supported the creation of Bhawalpur province, saying the people of the region should be given their rights as well.
He reiterated that the PM Imran-led government has destroyed the country’s economy and instead of fulfilling his pre-election promise of providing 10 million jobs, thousands have been rendered unemployed.
“People are unable to make their ends meet and afford two square meals a day,” he added.
Before coming into power, the ruling had promised to make South Punjab a separate province. However, earlier this year it formed a separate administrative secretariat for the region which will formally become operational on October 15.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi highlighted that the practical steps taken by the PTI government in accordance with the aspirations of people of southern Punjab, the establishment of South Punjab Secretariat, devolution of administrative powers, ending sense of deprivation and resolving problems at their doorsteps.
He said the PTI government had fulfilled its promise to establish the South Punjab Secretariat, which had developed a new spirit among the people of the area about their identity.
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