Electioneering: On campaign trail, Sharifs hit out at Imran

Published: April 24, 2013
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PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif addreses to his supporters during public meeting in dich Kot on Tuesday. PHOTO: PPI

PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif addreses to his supporters during public meeting in dich Kot on Tuesday. PHOTO: PPI

MULTAN / FAISALABAD: 

PML-N President Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that if his party is not voted to power, the country will remain embroiled in crises and voters will have to pay the price of their ‘wrong choice’.

“Only the PML-N can steer the country out of the mess left by the PPP-led government,” Nawaz said while addressing a public meeting in Dijkot, Faisalabad.  “I tell you, you have to vote for lion (PML-N’s election symbol), and reject the madaries (jugglers). Otherwise, you will have to live with poverty, load shedding, unemployment, lawlessness, terrorism, and other menaces.”

In the same vein, he claimed that only the PML-N could lead Pakistan onto the path of progress by introducing good governance and resolving festering crises. “The PML-N is committed to rooting out loot and plunder and nepotism and to bringing a visible change in all state-run organisations,” he added.

Nawaz said that if his party could not win a two-thirds majority in Parliament, it would not be possible to fulfill the aspirations of the masses, especially the “oppressed and depressed” classes.

He reiterated that PML-N would build a motorway right up to Karachi, and ensure peace in Balochistan, Karachi and other troubled parts of the country.

Today, the country is facing multifaceted problems because of the previous PPP-led government, he said and promised that if voted to power the PML-N would provide jobs to the unemployed youth, and offer them interest-free loans for setting up their own business.

Referring to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan, Nawaz said, “Some elements are befooling the masses. They are naive, incapable of running the affairs of the country,” he said. “He [Imran] is doing no good to Pakistan by strengthening the chances of [President] Zardari and the PPP and creating hurdles in the way of a landslide victory of PML-N.”

Nawaz’s younger brother, meanwhile, also hit out at Imran Khan at a separate public meeting in Pakpattan district. Shahbaz Sharif, former chief minister of Punjab, said that Imran Khan is a supporter of Musharraf, and wants to strengthen dictatorship.

“The media should expose Imran’s dual nature. Initially, he was Musharraf’s greatest campaigner. And now, he is demanding action against him,” he said. “We will not let any ideology of dictatorship to prosper in this country, whether in the name of cricket or in the name of democracy,” he added.

He also urged people to vote the PML-N to power. “If I can complete the Metro Bus Project in less than 10 months, then I can also end load shedding in the next two years,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Imran
    Apr 24, 2013 - 9:02AM

    Burnol for PTI plz….

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  • SAJ
    Apr 24, 2013 - 9:45AM

    Mian Sb. you said it, and I read it, but my vote is still for Imran Khan.

    Do you still need 5 more years to ROSHAN this PAKISTAN..?

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  • lahori
    Apr 24, 2013 - 9:55AM

    And what about you on actually supporting Zardari in last 5 years. vote for only IK

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  • Ali Q
    Apr 24, 2013 - 10:00AM

    “If I can complete the Metro Bus Project in less than 10 months, then I can also end load shedding in the next two years.”

    The same limited mindset. Granted, any relief in Pakistan’s power cuts would be more than welcome. However, the things IK has been proposing/shouting from the rooftops is: Police reform (PMLN: nope), de-politicization of bureaucracy (PMLN: nope), de-politicization of state owned corporations (PMLN: nope), local government (PMLN: nope). And in the case of PMLN, I’m obviously going by their record!

    Those who are voting for themselves, vote PMLN. Those who are voting for their children and children’s children, vote PTI.

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  • Donga Bonga
    Apr 24, 2013 - 10:06AM

    “If I can complete the Metro Bus Project in less than 10 months, then I can also end load shedding in the next two years,” … Forget the next 2 years, why didn’t you do it in the previous 5?

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  • Qasimoo.com
    Apr 24, 2013 - 10:07AM

    So much fear of PTI.

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  • zain
    Apr 24, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Imran khan claiming the same thing .Who will decide that who did the right thing. Both done the leveling allegations to each other.

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  • zain
    Apr 24, 2013 - 10:30AM

    Through these allegations, it has bad impact on public

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  • Abid Malik
    Apr 24, 2013 - 11:14AM

    NS is feeling PTI heat badly. He should concentrate on Musharraf for now as he is loosing ground due to this.

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  • Yasir
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:05PM

    They did vote for you last time, and they are still living with poverty, load shedding, unemployment, lawlessness, terrorism, and other menaces.

    So this time they should know, who is a juggler.

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  • YR
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:08PM

    Mr. Sharif, you still think this public is easy enough to fool.

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  • Apr 29, 2013 - 5:57PM

    PML-N and Nawaz Sharif can progress Pakistan, if they are voted to form center government. Shahbaz Sharif has good administrative skills and has completed numerous projects in Punjab. Hope so he can end load shedding in next two years.

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  • Sarah
    May 7, 2013 - 12:13PM

    @Ali Q:

    You have flawed ideology my son. You even don’t know what is the ideology of your party. PTI is democratic socialist party whose ideological backing endorses power to bureaucracy. Oh well about PML-N…well you missed something…you forgot to mention about Punjab Local Government Act 2010… try to do proper homework before you debate

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