Would’ve ensured zero unemployment, claims Nawaz

Published on – August 11, 2017 – 5:45 pm

Addressing the rally in Gujrat, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif questioned the participants if they had accepted the Supreme Court’s verdict to depose him from the premiership.

Addressing the rally in Gujrat, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif questioned the participants if they had accepted the Supreme Court’s verdict to depose him from the premiership.

The former PM said people voted him to power for ending the prolonged power cuts and to propel the country’s economy, claiming the power outages will be eliminated by the next year. “We were taking the country forward but I was not allowed to work and was thrown out on fast track,” he lamented.

Nawaz went on to claim that no one would have remained jobless in the country had he not been disqualified by the apex court. “Your vote has been humiliated,” he told his workers and asked if they would support him.

Earlier, Nawaz’s ‘homecoming’ rally reached Gujrat on its third day after it set off from Punjab House, Islamabad for Lahore via GT Road.

After an overnight stay in Jhelum where the former PM had addressed a crowd of thousands of supporters, his convoy set out on its way again and reached Gujrat in the afternoon.

As has been the case throughout his journey, he was greeted there with hundreds of party activists and supporters, showing their leader with rose petals.

In Thursday night’s address to his supporters in Jhelum, a defiant Nawaz criticised the judiciary for forcing him to quit as prime minister, saying it was an ‘insult’ to 200 million people of Pakistan that their elected leader was unceremoniously ousted with a single stroke of a pen.

“There is no charge of corruption or embezzlement against me. May I ask why I have been ousted?” the former prime minister said.

On July 28, the Supreme Court of Pakistan investigating the Panama Papers case had disqualified Nawaz for not declaring complete assets in 2013 when he ran for the National Assembly.

Speaking from an open stage on Thursday night, Nawaz said it was pity that none of the prime ministers in the 70-year history of the country had been allowed to complete their tenure.

“Every prime minister in this country was given one-and-a-half-year tenure, on average, to govern. Some were executed, some jailed, some handcuffed, and some exiled,” he said.

On the other hand, dictators were allowed to rule for decades and the judges even allowed them to rule, Nawaz said.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader had set out in a convoy from Islamabad on Wednesday to head to his hometown Lahore via GT Road in a bid to show that party’s political strength after Nawaz’s ouster.