People should revolt against rejection of their votes; They can’t erase us by snatching our electoral symbol: Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday said that people should revolt against rejection of their votes .

“People are demanding to give respect to their vote” Nawaz Sharif said while talking to media persons at the Accountability Court here.

“I am pleased to see that the public is getting smarter and is revolting. They should be. Their elected leader was thrown out by four-five people without reason,” he said, adding that he did not murder or rob anyone, is not a drug smuggler, a ‘Godfather or Sicilian Mafia’.

Nawaz said it is important to stand up to injustice, stating that “this is my country and your country”.

Nawaz Sharif said that few people disqualified a PM that was elected by the whole nation.

Nawaz Sharif spoke against the recent decision of the Supreme Court barring his party members from contesting any elections as Pakistan Muslim League-N candidates.

He complained that in Saturday’s Senate elections, lawmakers had difficulty recognising PML-N candidates since they were contesting as independents without any party symbol.

Talking about the party’s victory in Sunday’s by-election in Sargodha, the disqualified PML-N president commended the party’s victory with around 20,000 votes, saying “will they erase us by snatching our symbol?”

“This should serve as an eye opener, the more injustice that is meted out to us the bigger the public reaction and support for PML-N,” said Nawaz, adding that people are now aware and feel that the PML-N’s stand is correct.

“Now the people are saying this — ‘respect the vote’,” said Nawaz, referring to his oft-repeated slogan since his disqualification in July last year.

The three-time premier asserted that the people of Pakistan are not a herd of cattle that can be steered to any direction.

He said further that the time for directing the ‘herd’ has passed, claiming that “they are declaring me disqualified but the people are accepting me even more”.

Responding to the decision of Supreme Court (SC) in Panama Leaks case, the former president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that no one has accepted his disqualification over Iqama, adding that the nation demands respect for the vote.

“One has to call a spade a spade,” he said further, adding that “what’s wrong is wrong”.

Talking about the Senate elections and some parties bagging seats without substantial representation in the provincial assemblies, he said, “this shows rigging”.

“It is crucial to get to the bottom of this. This system should change. This game of money should be buried. This has happened in the past but this time it was too open and brazen,” he said, referring to allegations of horse-trading in the Senate elections.

The deposed prime minister also urged for accountability of those involved in horse trading and used money in the Senate elections.

Orignally published by INP

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