GUJRANWALA - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif told supporters at a rally held in Jinnah Stadium on Saturday that a government that violated the Supreme Court’s decisions and was corrupt and negligent could not be tolerated anymore, and it was time to replace it with the best available team in the country, which he alone possesses.
He said the youth could not be detracted by a “World XI” or “B team” of former president Pervez Musharraf and that the PML-N would bring the country back on the track of sovereignty and self-reliance. Sharif said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had destroyed national institutions such as Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills just to safeguard its corruption and negligence and that was why poor people had been forced to commit suicide. He said the people had been deprived of their basic rights such as food, health and education and printing currency worth Rs 200 million every day had further hurt the inflation-hit economy. He condemned the price increase in basic utilities such as electricity and gas and said unemployment had reached its highest levels only because of the malpractices of the “Zardari regime”. He said President Asif Ali Zardari was following in the footsteps of former president Pervez Musharraf and ruined the sovereignty of the country. “The green passport was one of the most respected assets in the 90s when Pakistan defied five calls from (former US president) Bill Clinton and became a nuclear state to make its defence invincible,” said Nawaz. He said the Zardari regime had ruined all of this and Pakistan had ended up in the struggling period yet again. Sharif said the PML-N had the wisest brains and a corruption-free team in the country and would make Pakistan a self-reliant economic power. The venue was packed with PML-N supporters. The stadium has a capacity of 25,000-30,000 and chairs for another 30,000 were set on the ground, but when the people started to gather there was no space left to even stand.
The PML-N chief told his supporters that the gathering reminded him of the long march and he saw a ‘mini-long march’ all the way from Lahore to Gujranwala as the people of Pakistan were fed up with this government. Sharif also said that if his party came to power, he would give loans without interest on a non-profit basis to ensure the prosperity of the country. He announced that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would visit Gujranwala within 10 days.