MINGORA: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said had the convicted prime minister respected the verdict of the Supreme Court he would not have seen his disgraceful ouster from power.
Addressing a big public meeting at the Grassy Ground in Mingora city, Nawaz said he had no personal vendetta against former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, adding he was opposed to the concept of “might is right” in politics.
He said the only concern of the PML-N was to stop the government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from making fun of the Constitution and the superior courts. “The rulers would not have been humiliated like this if they upheld the constitution,” he said.
Nawaz pointed out that during his first press conference after the prime minister’s conviction he had asked him to follow the honourable course and step down, but Gilani refused to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict. He asserted that the verdict of the Supreme Court had established the supremacy of the rule of law.
He said the PPP government gave nothing to the masses except backbreaking price hike, joblessness, poverty and loadshedding.Reminding the people of Swat of the Punjab government support during the IDPs crisis in the Malakand region, he said he had a lot of reverence for them. He announced that the Punjab government would establish a kidney hospital within one year in Sangota near Mingora in Swat at a cost of Rs760 million.
He said the PML-N would construct Motorway to the scenic Kalam valley and the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway from the Charsadda Interchange would be connected with Swat.Nawaz Sharif termed former federal minister Amir Muqam who organised the public meeting as his brother and said his decision to join the PML-N had reinvigorated the party in the province.
It may be recalled that military ruler General Pervez Musharraf had also termed Amir Muqam as his brother.He said the politics of the PML-N was people-centric and the party had the ability to steer the country out of the prevailing crisis. He said his party would develop Pakistan by working for the welfare of the people.
The PML-N leaders, including Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pir Sabir Shah, Sardar Mehtab Khan, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah Bacha, Mian Sheharyar Amirzeb and Shazia Aurangzeb were also present on the occasion. Amir Muqam, who recently quit the PML-Q as its provincial president to join the PML-N, also spoke on the occasion along with other party leaders.The journalists covering the public meeting sustained minor injuries at the Grassy Ground as the stage established for them broke down under heavy load.