ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the nation would come out on the streets if this year’s general “elections get delayed by a day or even by a minute”.
Addressing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and ticket holders in Lahore on Friday, the deposed PM said the nation wanted to know who had informed Imran Khan that a ‘big wicket’ was about to fall just two days before former foreign minister Khawaja Asif disqualified for life on having an Iqama.
“The whole nation wants to know who is providing you [Imran Khan] all this information,” he added.
By not delivering what he had promised in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI chief had massively disappointed the masses of the province, adding that Imran had also failed to build a ‘naya Pakistan’ as massive turnouts at the PML-N rallies in Peshawar, Swat and Mardan reflected lack of progress under his party’s rule. Terming PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari the ‘biggest disease’, Imran had vowed not to sit with the former, said Sharif.
However, the whole nation witnessed that both Zardari and Imran were part of same ‘drama’ staged by Tahirul Qadri in Lahore despite reaching the venue with a two-hour difference, he added.
Commenting on election of Senate chairman, the three-time premier of the country, in a lighter vein, said that not even neighbours of the newly-elected Senate chairman knew him, adding that the Balochistan government had been overturned overnight.
“What prompted all this to happen? What are the forces behind these moves?” he questioned.
Billions of rupees were spent in buying and purchasing loyalties of lawmakers in Senate elections, said Sharif. “Imran Khan voted for arrow [PPP’s election symbol] … nation wants answers of these questions,” he remarked.