RAWALPINDI: PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that his party will bury Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) politically in the next general elections, while stressing upon national institutions to ensure “fair and transparent” polls in 2023.
“It’s our right that the 2023 elections be held in a transparent manner and institutions like the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan ensure polls are held fairly,” he told a workers’ convention in Rawalpindi.
Earlier, addressing a workers’ convention in Sialkot on Saturday, Shehbaz Sharif asked the national institutions, judiciary and Election Commission of Pakistan to ensure implementation of the constitution and rule of law in the country.
Coming down hard on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), he said the party had disappointed the people and destroyed economy in its three years in power. During the PML-N’s era, Shehbaz said, sugar was sold at Rs52 per kilogram from 2013 to 2018, while now it was priced at Rs110 per kg. Sugar worth billions of rupees had also been exported and robbed by Imran Khan’s friends, he alleged.
In Rawalpindi, he also highlighted that the recent cantonment board elections were transparent, saying “nobody intervened in those polls”.
In the cantonment board elections on Sep 13, PTI had secured 60 seats while the PML-N nabbed 57, with independent candidates claiming 43 seats.
The PML-N leader said every segment of the country had seen “destruction” caused by a “selected regime” in the last three and a half years, adding that “the development initiatives taken by the PML-N have been reversed” by the incumbent government.
Lashing out at the government over rising inflation, he lamented that the prices of basic commodities were skyrocketing and “the prime minister is still asking people not to worry”.
“The burgeoning inflation level in the country now demands widespread public demonstrations and I urge everyone to take to the streets against this menace,” he said.
Shehbaz claimed his party would have fulfilled all its promises listed in the 2018 election manifesto had it been in power.
“Get ready, it’s time to launch a movement against the government, defeat it politically and make Pakistan great,” he said, while giving a clarion call to workers.
He reiterated his stance in a tweet later in the day saying the masses “have had enough of sloganeering, corruption & incompetence that has pushed them backwards by decades”.
“PML-N’s success in cantonment elections in Punjab is beginning of PTI’s political meltdown,” he added.
Earlier, he felicitated party workers over the PML-N’s victory in the cantonment board elections in parts of Punjab.