PM Nawaz says Qadri should have participated in elections if he wanted a 'revolution'

Critisises PTI chief, says Imran should have held Azadi march during general elections and not year after


Saqib Nasir August 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Lashing out at Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that "the runaway from Canada should have participated in the 2013 general elections if he wanted to bring a 'revolution' in Pakistan.

Speaking at the launch of the Vision 2025 programme, the premier, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, stated that a 'revolution' cannot come with only around 200 votes.

He also critisised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, stating that the PTI chief should have held the Azadi march during the general elections and not a year after they were held.

Mocking the agenda of the two political leaders, Imran and Qadri, the prime minister remarked that he does not understand where they got their agendas from as well as who gave them their agendas.

"August 14 is a day for everyone to be together," Nawaz said, adding that PTI should have kept their long march in solidarity with the government.

The prime minister stated that the PTI chief should speak to him about his reservations regarding the government’s policies.

“I am even ready to come to your house again if you call me for negotiations,” the premier remarked.

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Nawaz also said that the nation has given a heavy mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to rule the country

"People want rule of law, elimination of terrorism, development and peace in the country," he added.

The premier further said the nation wanted that the Constitution of Pakistan be upheld at all times, and Pakistan to have a strong position in the world and be in the list of developed countries.

"Are we still not ready to learn the lessons from our 67 years of existence," Nawaz questioned, referring to the troublemakers in the country.

Democracy – nation’s only path

Speaking about democracy, the premier remarked that it was the only path for the nation.

He further said that each government comes to power via voting and goes out of power in the same manner.

Censuring dictatorship and martial law, Nawaz said that they have only led to destruction and have never suited the country.

Giving examples of other countries, the prime minister stated that USA, UK, France and Europe are where they are today only because of their democratic system.

Criticism of K-P govt

While speaking during the ceremony, the premier did not hesitate to criticise the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government as well.

He questioned what sort of development has taken place in the province as the results were not visible.

Development

The premier also spoke about the progress that the PML-N government is making in terms of development in the country.

He said that in the next three to four years power projects will be set up which will add 10,400 megawatts (MW) to the national grid.

Nawaz also claimed that there will be no load-shedding in the country by the end of the government’s tenure.

“The growth in gross domestic product (GDP) currently stands at 4.4% and will exceed 7% within the next four years,” he added.

Criticising the two marches again, the premier said that Karachi Stock Exchange had been doing really well but because of such marches it has started to go down, further stating that marches like these “sabotage” developmental projects and economic progress, and the government will not allow this to happen.

COMMENTS (34)

Zohaib | 6 years ago | Reply

Unfortunately this Nawaz Sharif is a biggest shame for Pakistan he couldn't understand the logic of questioning his rigged power which Qadri is saying since last year, Mr. Sharif without a neutral electoral setup and electronic voting machines there's a clear chance of rigging masters to become a shameless PM of Pakistan.

Mehreen | 6 years ago | Reply

Why does Qadri's nationality bothers everyone so much and Nawaz's increasing foreign and local wealth doesn't? What was the point of 'mulk sawaro karz utaro' when you have so much money of your own. Mr Sharif leave us alone before we call the security to escort you out!

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