MULTAN: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said that he is still determined despite the fact that he was disqualified and sent home.
Speaking to the participants of a rally at Multan’s Qasim Bagh Stadium, the former premier said he could just not return the immense love and respect they had showered on him.
He said that he came to Multan after attending 66th hearing of the references against him.
Nawaz said that he had visited Multan many times, but never witnessed such a passion. He said that he witnessed the same passion during his recent visits to Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
“You made Nawaz Sharif prime minister by voting in his favour on May 11,” he said, adding that he delivered on every single promise he made.
In a clear reference to his disqualification verdict, the former premier told the participants, “You and I will overturn the decision in 2018.”
Addressing the rally earlier, veteran politician Javed Hashmi said the country passed through various stages after the demise of Quaid-e-Azam. “I understand that the current stage is a difficult one.”
He said the Almighty granted various governments to Nawaz, adding, “The one, whose three government were toppled, has been fighting for the rights of the people.”
“History has not witnessed such a leader anywhere,” Hashmi added.
He said the “movement of the vote through which Pakistan was formed, they had been trying to save its sanctity.”
The veteran politician said that Nawaz was his leader and would continue to be. He said that he had told his children to bury him in the PML-N flag.
Hashmi further said that he would not make an announcement regarding joining the PML-N.
“I had been strayed for a few moments, however, today I announce accepting Nawaz’s leadership,” he told the participants.
In her address with the rally, Maryam Nawaz said a rally is organised, wherever Nawaz stands, but a few individuals grew tired of staging sit-ins repeatedly.
“A few individuals got tired of hatching conspiracies, if there was anyone who did not grew tired, then it was mine and yours leader Nawaz Sharif.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo reached the rally ground from Islamabad earlier in the evening.
Nawaz, accompanied by daughter Maryam, was received by Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana.
Preparations for the rally were completed earlier in the day. Party workers and supporters reached the stadium where strict security arrangements are in place.