Nawaz leads maiden election rally after Bilawal’s ‘hiding’ tirade

PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif addresses the election rally in Hafizabad, Punjab on January 18, 2024, in this photo taken from video. — PTV News
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif addresses the election rally in Hafizabad, Punjab on January 18, 2024, in this photo taken from video. — PTV News

HAFIZABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has finally joined the party’s electioneering ahead of the February 8 nationwide polls after keeping a long silence since his first public appearance on the October 21 homecoming.

Political parties are expediting their electioneering with a series of manifestos, new pledges and past performances. Besides, the PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are eyeing the Prime Minister’s Office and desperately swaying voters to elect them to power.

Just a day after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s ‘lion is hiding’ tirade, Nawaz responded to his political rivals and addressed his maiden public speech in Hafizabad on Thursday in connection with the upcoming elections.

In his opening remarks, the three-time former prime minister said that his mission is putting “Pakistan back on its feet”. He added that the country would be amongst prospering states if he was not ousted from power again and again.

He showered praises on the people of Hafizabad for warmly welcoming him.

“I had been ousted from power for not receiving salaries from my son,” the PML-N supreme leader said, adding, “Not a single youth would have left unemployed if our government had been allowed to complete its tenure, farmers would have seen prosperity at that time, power tariff would have not been hiked, and the country would have got rid of inflation.”

The former premier further said that Pakistan would have gained a prominent status globally if “I was not ousted from my [PM] office again and again.” 

Nawaz also announced that his only “mission” is putting Pakistan “back on its feet now”.

Addressing the rally, he vowed that they would develop Hafizabad like Lahore besides linking the district with the motorway network if elected to power.

The politico became the longest-serving prime minister for being in office collectively for more than 9 years. Nawaz had been elected to premiership thrice in 1990, 1997 and 2013 but never completed his five-year tenure.

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