No court decision can weaken his bond with masses; Criticizes judges
Abdul Khaliq Qureshi
Pakistan Muslim League-N president and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that those who are talking about ‘minus-one formula’ are unaware of the fact that Nawaz Sharif is the name of an ideology.
Addressing a public gathering of the Pakistan Muslim League-N at the Abbottabad college ground, the party chief said, “Today I have brought my review appeal (against disqualification) here. Pakistani nation will decide on my review petition,” he said. “you have to decide my appeal. Give a decision that echoes far and wide”.
Former prime minister said the people’s confidence was his main strength and he had brought his case to their court.
The PML-N president said he is not scared of jail or death. “You have to promise, we will march together towards our destination. Don’t sit at home, we will walk together and change Pakistan’s destiny,” he told the crowd.
Nawaz Sharif also took an exception to judges who he said took oaths of allegiance to dictators but failed to deliver justice in his case.
The disqualified prime minister then recalled what he termed the “Panama Tamasha [circus]”, saying a petition which was dismissed earlier was later admitted and he and his family were dragged through the courts.
He then referred to the “WhatsApp Tamasha”, “from which rare diamonds were sought and a JIT made in front of which we all were summoned.”
Nawaz said one day the JIT’s story will be uncovered before the world, adding that they toured the world but didn’t find any iota of corruption against him.
“And when all failed, they said you didn’t take a salary from your son, so you are disqualified,” he asserted.
However, he said he didn’t delay in implementing the [Supreme Court] order. Addressing the crowd, Nawaz asked if four or five people can overturn the decision of 200 million people? “You will have to support Nawaz Sharif,” he stated, claiming that the people of Pakistan are his courts.
He said when he took the charge of the government after the election 2013, Pakistan’s economy was at the verge of collapse with terrorist incidents and power load-shedding were order of the day. Electricity outages and long lines of vehicles at
CNG stations had made the people psychiatric patients.
However, it was his government which put the country on the path of economic growth by eliminating terrorism and overpowering power load-shedding, he added.
Talking about the Panama case review petition, which the Supreme Court recently rejected, Nawaz said they [court] raised a question ‘why caravans are looted’.
He was referring to Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan’s observation in the review judgment with the Urdu couplet: Idhar udhar ki na baat kar, yeh bata keh qafla kyon luta. Mujhe rahzanoon se gila nahin teri rehbari ka sawal hai (Don’t beat about the bush, explain why the caravan was robbed. I have no grudge with the dacoits, but doubt your leadership).
“We are aware, people are aware, that you never complained to the dacoit. What to talk about complaints you didn’t even ask them any questions or bring them to book. Did you bring [Gen (retd) Pervez] Musharraf to book? Instead, you gave them a way in and read their oath of allegiance,” said Nawaz, referring to the reported approval of military coups by the judiciary in the country history.
“We are not deaf and dumb, are watching what’s going on, and will hold everything accountable,” he said further.
Talking about Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, who addressed the rally before him, Nawaz said Achakzai “is our ideological partner and a true Pakistani”.
The PML-N chief said, “God willing, Nawaz Sharif will come to you for the 2018 elections. Will make new promises then as you know I always keep my word.”
He added that Pakistan’s destiny is democratic and you [the people] have to set free the sanctity of vote.
Recalling his GT Road Rally following his disqualification, Nawaz said that too was a referendum by the people.
Referring to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he said instead of ending corruption in 90 days like they promised in the elections, they’ve increased corruption.
“You didn’t produce a single kilowatt of electricity,” said the PML-N chief. “They said we’ll plant a billion trees but instead they syphoned of a billion rupees. You will have to pay. Shame on you for blaming others,” he stated.
Several party leaders and allies were alongside the former premier on the stage and addressed the crowd before Nawaz.
At the Islamabad airport, the former premier held a meeting with Achakzai. The two discussed the ongoing political situation in the country, according to sources.
“Pakistan has once again been destabilized,” the former prime minister said and asked the participants of the rally whether they would support him in restoring sanctity of vote. The crowd responded in affirmative.
Sharif began his address with a trademark declaration of love to his audience. “Nawaz Sharif really loves you too,” he told the crowd.
He recalled developments made by his government since 2013, including infrastructural and power projects. The Haripur motorway to Havelian will be completed shortly, he said. “I may not be prime minister anymore, but the motorway will continue being built.”
“Nawaz Sharif is not a loser. If he was a loser, you and I would not be friends,” he told the crowd. “Will you support me in this struggle?”
Pakhtunkhwa Awami Milli Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan also addressed the gathering.