13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif promises to mitigate financial woes, eyes on development with double speed

Addressing a grand political rally at Lahore’s Greater Iqbal Park, former prime minister and PMLN supreme leader says he has no wish for revenge and stresses on beginning a new journey towards development

Promising to eliminate financial woes, former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-N supreme leader Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan will have to go on the development track with double speed as ‘beggars’ cannot resolve the nation’s problems.

Nawaz Sharif promises to mitigate financial woes, eyes on development with double speed
A grand political rally at Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore

Addressing a grand political rally at the Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, he said that he has no wish for revenge and stressed on beginning a new journey towards development. “I am talking with much restraint today so that I may not utter the words that I’m not supposed to,” he said.

The three-time former prime minister reached the historical Minar-e-Pakistan in a helicopter after landing in Lahore from Islamabad. Nawaz Sharif also said that all constitutional institutions should work together. “Pakistan cannot prosper if it is in a ‘battle mode’ with its neighbors,” he said in a much-awaited address at his homecoming rally.

“I am meeting you today after several years, but my relationship of love with you is the same,” Nawaz Sharif told his followers and well-wishers. Also, he said that there was no difference in this relationship of respect and love. He said that he never betrayed his supporters nor did he shy away from any kind of sacrifice.

“We are those who built Pakistan. We made Pakistan an atomic power. We brought an end to load-shedding of electricity,” he said, highlighting how the PMLN-led government in the past arranged cheap electricity to the people. “I am a true Pakistani, the love for Pakistan is in my chest,” he said, and vowed to redirect Pakistan to the path of development.

Nawaz Sharif said that if Pakistan was run on his 1990 economic model, not a single person would have been unemployed, there would be no such thing as poverty. “We were making Pakistan the ‘Asian Tiger,’ and we wanted to take Pakistan to G20,” he said, while referring to the Group of 20 – an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 sovereign countries, the European Union, and the African Union.

“We need to decide on how we will get our lost position back, how we will have to stand on our feet, how we will have to make a strong foreign policy and create good relations with the world,” he asked, adding that even for the Kashmir solution, “we will have to work in an honorable way.” Without naming anyone, he said that he also carried prayer beads but did not feel a need to show in public.

In a statement, a PMLN spokesperson told Jarida Daily that Nawaz Sharif arrived in Islamabad just to complete legal and biometric formalities. The chartered plane carrying the former prime minister landed in Islamabad with more than 150 leaders and workers of Pakistan’s largest political party along with journalists, commentators and columnists.

Nawaz Sharif was welcomed by his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif – also a former prime minister – and other party leaders at the airport. Through helicopter, he reached the Lahore Fort, and offered evening prayers with other party leaders before making his way to the Minar-I-Pakistan. Upon arrival, Nawaz Sharif embraced his daughter Maryam Nawaz and greeted other party leaders on the stage.

Addressing the rally, Shehbaz Sharif promised development and end in inflation in the country under the PML-N supreme leader. Today, the Greater Iqbal Park looked like mini Pakistan, with people from Balochistan, Sindh, Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Punjab, he said. “Thank you all for coming to greet Mian Nawaz Sharif,” he told the grand audience.

“My leader Nawaz Sharif is here in Pakistan to unite our nation, and our people, not to create division further,” he said. “He (Nawaz Sharif) is here to spread love among his people, and not hatred. He is here to help you become a productive citizen, not ‘ammunition’ for any party or group. He is here to put Pakistan back on track of development,” he said.

Nawaz Sharif promises to mitigate financial woes, eyes on development with double speed
A grand political rally at Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore

Standing alongside former chief minister Hamza Shehbaz, PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz described how the streets were packed in Lahore today to welcome Nawaz Sharif – a most respected and popular leader of Pakistan. Besides Punjab, rallies from various all provinces and regions poured into Lahore, a party spokesperson confirmed to Jarida Daily.

Speaking in Dubai, Nawaz Sharif said that only the Election Commission – the only competent authority – can decide when the general elections will be held. “Whatever date the Election Commission announces, everyone will abide by it. Pakistan has a fair Election Commission today and I feel it will make the best decision about the election.” To a question, he said that his party was completely ready for elections.

In a statement, former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain welcomed return of Nawaz Sharif, saying that the nation has high expectations from the former prime minister. “Pakistan needs unity and reconciliation. Nawaz Sharif will have to work hard for the revival of economy and ending inflation,” he said, adding that Pakistan doesn’t need the politics of revenge, but a strong economy.

In a TV talk show, senior PTI leader Ali Muhammad Khan also welcomed return of Nawaz Sharif, saying he is suggesting a meeting brokered by President Arif Alvi between the PMLN supreme leader and the PTI leadership, including Imran Khan, who is in jail over corruption charges. “Dr Arif Alvi should call Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan and hold a meeting,” he suggested, adding that the president holds a ‘unique position’ of serving on the top during the tenures of his party and the Pakistan Democratic Movement.