Former PM Nawaz Sharif made a triumphant return to Lahore’s iconic Minar-e-Pakistan monument after four years of self-imposed exile in London. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) organized a massive rally to celebrate his return, with supporters from all over the country in attendance; though PTI, and PPP call it a ‘disappointing’ show.
In his speech, Nawaz Sharif emphasized his commitment to principled and dignified politics and his desire for reconciliation, despite personal sorrows and past adversities. He highlighted his accomplishments during his previous terms as prime minister, including addressing power outages and reducing electricity tariffs. Sharif also touched on economic issues, inflation, and his concerns about the country’s development.
He expressed his deep connection to Pakistan and lamented the mistreatment he had faced despite his contributions. Sharif called for unity among all stakeholders and the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He also emphasized the importance of adhering to the Constitution and fostering cooperation with neighboring countries.
In conclusion, Sharif prayed for Pakistan’s economic development, with a focus on reducing unemployment and inflation. The rally was a grand affair, with dazzling lighting and fireworks, and notable leaders like Maryam Nawaz in attendance. Field hospitals were set up to ensure the participants’ safety and well-being.
PTI, PPP call PML-N supremo a ‘convict’ and ‘incompetent’, term Minar-e-Pakistan event ‘disappointing’
The PTI and PPP have criticized the PML-N’s rally at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan, calling it a misuse of state resources to welcome a “fugitive criminal.” The PTI accused Nawaz Sharif of being “incompetent and convicted,” and they condemned the attempts to secure public support through inducements like motorbikes and promises of salvation. They raised concerns about the state’s role in facilitating his return despite his evasion of accountability.
The PPP also expressed disappointment in the event, stating that Nawaz Sharif presented his “resume” instead of a meaningful narrative during his speech. They questioned the credibility of the judiciary for taking fingerprints of Nawaz Sharif with protocol and held him responsible for the country’s “destruction.” They compared his rally unfavorably to Benazir Bhutto’s historic 2007 Karasaz public address and urged him to demand a date for elections.