MANSEHRA: With approximately two weeks remaining until the upcoming polls on February 8, Nawaz Sharif, the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), expressed concern on Monday, stating that the task of steering Pakistan back on track would not be an easy one.
Nawaz’s comments coincide with heightened election activities by major political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-N. Party leaders are actively leading their respective election campaigns in an effort to garner support from the nation’s 240 million citizens who will be electing their representatives next month.
While addressing a rally in Mansehra, where he is contesting on NA-15, the three-time prime minister emphasized that Pakistan has fallen behind globally and stressed the need to “rebuild” the country.
Reflecting on his previous term as the country’s chief executive, Nawaz highlighted that his government had not only pegged the dollar to 104 against the Pakistani rupee but had also successfully “eliminated” load shedding.
Without explicitly naming them, Nawaz took a swipe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its founder Imran Khan, labeling them as a “liar” and expressing regret that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had chosen them.
Recalling the 2013 elections, Nawaz revealed that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had approached him for a coalition government in KP. However, he chose to respect PTI’s right to form the government due to their numerical strength.
Addressing the people of KP, Nawaz questioned PTI’s accomplishments during their 10-year rule, accusing them of having “ruined” the province.
In a promise to tackle inflation, Nawaz assured that, if elected, his government would focus on job creation, establish an airport in Mansehra, and set up universities and colleges in the region.