JARANWALA: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) power show in Jaranwala, galvanised his supporters for the upcoming elections as he slammed his political opponents.

Alluding to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Nawaz said his party will push its “political opponents hard” in 2018, so they are not seen again.

“You elected me as the prime minister so how can someone else announce my ouster,” he said, adding that whether his disqualification was for five years or life, no one could affect his relationship with the public.

“The public’s decision will be the final decision.”

“There is another petition in the court to get me removed from party presidentship, but will you accept such a decision?” he inquired from the rally participants.

Referring to his movement for the supremacy of justice, Nawaz said, “I speak about the movement of justice today, which will ensure that a person will not have to deal with cases against their grandfather.”

The PML-N president also touched upon the reasons for his ouster, a recurring theme in his recent rallies.

“Is it a crime to not draw a salary from your son?” Nawaz questioned the attendees of the rally. “I was ousted because of this crime.” 

“I came to the public’s court to get justice,” he said. “I see the same spirit here in Jaranwala that I saw when I got out to seek the public’s support on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road.”

He reminded the people that he had promised Jaranwala to construct a motorway.

“Raise your hands and tell me, did I not fulfill my promise?” he said. “Nawaz Sharif always fulfills his promises.”

Nawaz further stressed that he ended the power outages in the country during his tenure.

“I recall the time when we conducted the nuclear tests in 1999,” he said. “Pakistan was on the way to become the Asian tiger, its economy was growing, but Musharraf ruined Pakistan’s bright prospects by imposing martial law.”

During his address, Nawaz also said that the country was faced with rampant terrorism and power outages when the PML-N government took charge in 2013.

“We made efforts to counter these challenges and were successful to a certain extent,” he said. “But today, Pakistan is being looked at with malicious intentions again.”

The PML-N president claimed that he had told former US president Barrack Obama that drone attacks in Pakistan were not acceptable.

“I told Obama that Pakistan is a sovereign state and drone attacks would not be tolerated, and do you not remember that during my tenure those attacks had stopped,” he reminded the public of Jaranwala.

Nawaz reminded the public that they elected him as the prime minister and their vote’s sanctity should not be targetted.

JARANWALA: PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on Saturday indirectly hit out at PTI chief Imran Khan, referring to him as the ‘blue eyed boy’ of the courts and said that he was acquitted despite confessing to his crimes. 

Addressing a PML-N rally at Jaranwala, Maryam Nawaz paid tribute to the people of Jaranwala for showing up in huge numbers to listen to Nawaz Sharif speak.

“I want to thank you, people of Jaranwala for not only always standing by Nawaz Sharif but being loyal to him,” she said.

Maryam Nawaz asked the crowd as to whether they accepted the verdict of the apex court that disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister.

“Do you accept a Pakistan where instead of justice, there are abuses?” she asked the crowd.

Maryam Nawaz paid glowing tribute to senior PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry, stating that he was one of Nawaz Sharif’s loyal supporters.

She said that the judges had deliberately disqualified Nawaz Sharif on Imran Khan’s petition.

“Judges told Imran that he couldn’t have Nawaz Sharif disqualified,” she said. “So they (judges) told Imran to file a petition and they would disqualify the premier,” she added.

Maryam accused Imran Khan of confessing to his crimes but lamented that he had escaped punishment and was allowed to go scot-free.

“The Laadla (blue-eyed boy) stated that the company was in his name but the court acquitted him,” she said.