Next elections will be referendum for new Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the upcoming elections later this year will prove to be a referendum for the new Pakistan.

Addressing a public rally in Jaranwala on Saturday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief said that the tradition of overthrowing elected representatives must end in the country, Express News reported.

“It’s people’s prerogative only to elect and reject prime minsters,” he said and asked the attendees if they will accept such an attempt made by only ‘five people’, in a reference to five-member bench of the Supreme Court that disqualified him to hold the public office.

“Did you see the sea of empty chairs in Lahore rally?” said the former prime minister, referring to a reported flop show of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)-led joint opposition at  the Punjab capital’s Mall Road earlier this month.

“There’s no comparison between this rally and the one on Mall Road,” he remarked, adding that he will again visit Jaranwala before the 2018 general elections.

“Nawaz Sharif loves you from the core of his heart, I love you too,” he responded to the chants of ‘I love you Nawaz Sharif’.

“I remember 1999 when we carried out nuclear test… the country was progressing and people were getting right opportunities for employment. Pakistan was becoming an economic power but Musharraf had put a stop to all that by overthrowing my government,” said Sharif.

“Even this time around when we assumed power the country was facing multifaceted challenges including terrorism and economic woes. But through right decisions we addressed those issues… before I was again ousted unlawfully.”

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