PTI’s slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’ was a ‘fraud’: Nawaz Sharif


Nawaz sharif

LAHORE: Former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday claimed that PTI’s slogan of ‘change’ and ‘Naya Pakistan’ was a ‘fraud’.   

Addressing 12th meeting of the PML-N’s parliamentary board in Lahore, he said that neither he violated laws of the land nor the constitution.

Nawaz said that Pakistan in 2017 was a prosperous country. “We had bid farewell to the IMF. We had repaid our foreign loans,” he said, adding, “Under my leadership, the PML-N government gave to the country a network of motorways and laid the foundation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).”

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The country, the former prime minister went on to say, was developing at a fast pace. “Had I been allowed to remain in power, Pakistan would have been way ahead of other countries,” he said, and claimed it would have become an Asian Tiger.

He claimed he fulfilled whatever promises he had made to the people before coming to power. “For four years, the PML-N government controlled the US dollar rate,” he said, and added, “The country’s exports grew when I was the PM.”

On the contrary, Nawaz said, the dollar rate increased by leaps and bounds once the PTI came to power.

Nawaz further said that it was last time when he was the prime minister that loadshedding was eliminated from the country. “Everybody is aware of the fact that power outages were a routine prior to 2013 when we came to power,” he added.

On the contrary, the former prime minister said, the PTI, which, in his words, came to power in 2018 following the RTS crash, could not even build a section of the motorway between Sukkur and Hyderabad. “Had we remained in power, the motorway would have been built in 2020 since its construction was included in our manifesto,” he said.    

PML-N supremo said if elected again, he would make the country stand on its own feet.

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