In his first address after officially taking the rein of the party, Shehbaz Sharif said no one from PML-N can replace Nawaz Sharif.
PML-N leaders held a grand general convention on Tuesday to welcome the new party president.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, ousted PM Nawaz Sharif and other bigwigs of PML-N were also a part of the convention. The leaders were warmly welcomed by the audience.
Shehbaz Sharif took to stage and expressed his gratitude to Nawaz Sharif saying, “I have been selected as the president of the PML-N It is an important but difficult task for me. I am aware of the responsibility that has been bestowed on me.”
“Nawaz was our Quaid today, tomorrow and forever,” he added.
He further said he understands that this is not just PML-N’s fortune but the entire nation’s that they have Nawaz Sharif as their leader.
“When we talk about the progress of other provinces, I feel incredibly sad about Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) because they have been ripped off their rights. Everyone has been utterly disappointed in Imran Khan, he promised the civilians of such big dreams and in reality after all these years, nothing happened.”
Shehbaz said that PML-N also enjoys support from minorities, ensuring us national security. He confidently stated that Imran Khan and Zardari combined cannot defeat Nawaz under any circumstance.
He further added saying that, “It is a huge opportunity for me that Nawaz has bestowed this challenge upon me. I am humbled and scared also but I will continue working hard with your blessings.”
On behalf of Nawaz and PML-N leaders, I would like to thank everyone for selecting me and accepting me. I thank everyone with all my heart. I pay homage to all of my party workers. Today’s not the day day to congratulate everyone but to mourn over Nawaz’s disqualification and it breaks our heart, however, justice will be served one day.”
The former premier Nawaz Sharif took to the podium amidst roars of support. “I feel bad for the people of K-P, they have been fooled under the label of ‘tabdeeli’,” he said.
“You see Punjab, and you see the other provinces, can you say they worked as hard as we did,” he questioned.
“You are witness to when I say I have no selfish reasons to this, but I am looking out for you, our future generations. If I am to suffer for the country, I will not do it for personal gains, but for the masses,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Imran Khan and the PPP he said that they all hid under the ‘cloak of the master’.
Slamming the new Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani he said such people were controlled by other powers. He further bellowed. “You are a liar, a cheat and a hypocrite,” he said.
He also said such people were an ‘insult’ to the country. “They’re the kind to sell the public for their personal gains we are the kind to die for the country,” he added.