Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that their manifesto for next elections would comprise on four words “Give Respect to Vote”.
He was addressing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Central General Council meeting in the capital.
He said that if there would be respect for vote then it would be a respect of the masses. He also raised slogans of Give Respect To Vote.
He said they had come to elect Shehbaz Sharif for PML-N president as this situation was created for them due to a decision.
When I look back at 2103, when I was elected the prime minister, I do not understood as to why a prime minister who was elected by millions of voters and worked for the economic progress and eliminated terrorism from the country was ousted, he said while addressing the central general workers meeting of the PML-N in Islamabad.
” I, Shehbaz Sharif an all ministers worked day and night and tried to eliminate load shedding to its complete extent and even the incumbent prime minister says that so much projects were initiated by him that he become tired to inaugurate them,” he said.
What Shehbaz had done in last 10 years was not done in the country for last 70 years,” he said.
There were darkness in 2013 and was declining towards disaster in that period, he said adding that the banks even did not have enough money to initiate a big project.
He said that situation turned around in past four and a half years other than decreasing load shedding to a greater extend but also laid down the road infrastructure across he country.
He that they are nominating a new party president today as a situation was created to bring them to this point.
Nawaz claimed that the prime minister often complains to him that he [Nawaz] planned so many development projects that Abbasi gets tired of inaugurating them.
Nawaz confessed that he does not wish to inaugurate development projects now as he, too, is only human. He was referring to the prime minister’s offer of inaugurating projects which he worked on personally.
The three-time premier recalled the dismal state of affairs when the PML-N took the reins of government in 2013.
Addressing the charged party supporters, Nawaz said the party’s manifesto will consist of four words this time: Vote ko izzat do [respect the vote]. The crowd then chanted the phrase in unison.
“You’ll be respected if the vote is respected,” asserted Nawaz.
He then asked the crowd to make the upcoming general elections a referendum on his disqualification.
Hitting out at his chief political opponent Imran Khan, Nawaz said you failed to bring about your promised ‘change’.
He said they are not leaders but an embarrassment.
Addressing the meeting earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif is, was and will remain the party’s quaid (supremo).
Shehbaz thanked Nawaz, his brother, for entrusting the important party position to him.
“The world knows that injustice was served to our leader Nawaz,” Shehbaz told the party workers, “but I believe he will get justice.”
The PML-N president also lashed out at political opponents, saying they have done nothing but make tall claims while the government actually delivered to the people.
Earlier, Shehbaz was elected as the president of the PML-N.
Shehbaz was elected as permanent president of the party, after being appointed the interim president, as no one else from the party contested for the post.
The Punjab CM had submitted his nomination form to the party’s election commission earlier in the day.
The convention was attended by senior party leaders, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
On February 27, the PML-N’s Central Working Committee had elected Shehbaz as the interim president after he was nominated by Nawaz.
PML-N appoints Nawaz Quaid for life, Shehbaz interim president.
The committee had also elected Nawaz as lifetime quaid (leader) of the party.
The CWC meeting was held after Nawaz was disqualified as the PML-N president following the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Elections Act 2017 case.
The apex court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 cannot serve as the head of a political party.