‘My mission is to
make Pakistan stand
on its feet again’;
says Nawaz Sharif

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LAHORE: PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Thursday started his party’s election rally, and said that his mission was to make Pakistan “stand on its feet again”. The party had been facing criticism, especially from the PPP, for “staying indoors” — a dig at its underwhelming canvassing — despite polls being nearby.

HAFIZABAD- PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and chief organiser Maryam Nawaz wave to supporters at an election rally, on Thursday.
HAFIZABAD- PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and chief organiser Maryam Nawaz wave to supporters at an election rally, on Thursday.

At a rally in Hafizabad, the former prime minister spoke briefly before giving way to Maryam, whose was the final speech. Nawaz, who arrived at the venue in a helicopter, recalled that when he was ousted from office in 2018, the people of Pakistan lost their representative. “Had I not been removed, not one person in Hafizabad would have been unemployed,” he said. “If I was not removed, there would not have been a single problem that is plaguing the country today. The dollar would have been at Rs100, roti would cost Rs4 and Pakistan would have earned a reputable position in the world,” the PML-N supremo said.

HAFIZABAD- PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and chief organiser Maryam Nawaz wave to supporters at an election rally, on Thursday.
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif speaks at an election rally in Hafizabad on Thursday.

He highlighted how the PML-N had eradicated terrorism and loadshedding in its tenure. “My mission is to make Pakistan stand on its feet and God willing we will fulfil this mission,” Nawaz promised, concluding his brief speech.

Meanwhile, PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz said “the sher [tiger] will roar on Feb 8”.

“In London, Nawaz had said that we are people of May 28 and not those of May 9 […] the people of May 28 are the ones who made the country and the people of May 9 are those who destroyed the country,” she claimed, referring to the violent protests that erupted across Pakistan following PTI founder Imran Khan’s arrest.

“A man who is lying behind bars can never sympathise with the youth,” she said in a reference to Imran but did not take his name.

Maryam further stated that Nawaz led Pakistan to the path of progress, adding that even now the PML-N supremo was spending his time chalking measures to bring relief to the people.