Islamabad (October 15, 2018): Deposed Prime Minister and PML-N Supremo Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that the masses vote for PML-N in by-polls despite odds.
Talking to the newsmen outside Accountability Court after appearing before it in corruption references, Nawaz Sharif thanked masses for voting PML-N.
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Masses were happy during PML-N tenure, inflation was not there, said former Prime Minister.
Criticizing PTI led government, Nawaz Sharif said that the dollar is touching sky high, while inflation increasing with every passing day.
As prime minister, I worked for the betterment of the people of Pakistan situation will change soon, said Nawaz Sharif.
He said that despite the current situation, thousands of people cast votes in favour of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and that is indicative of the times to come.
The former premier responded to questions regarding the by-polls that were held a day earlier and thanked the nation for “making the party victorious”.
“We received more votes than we expected,” he added. “For the first time in Pakistan’s history, we are seeing such a result after a government has been in power for 50 to 60 days.”Stating that despite the current situation, people came out in droves to vote for the PML-N, the former premier said, “Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emerged victor during the by-election and we even nearly won from the Rawalpindi constituency. The other seats were not ours and we still defeated PTI on them.”
“These results send out a message and are indicative of the times to come,” he said.
Asserting that everyone should pray for the well-being of the country, Nawaz said, “As prime minister and Punjab chief minister, Shehbaz Sharif and I fulfilled our responsibilities with honesty and this can be cross-checked.”
“In the last four years, dollar did not exceed Rs104 but we have seen where the rate of dollar has gone in the last 50 days,” he added.
“During our time things were not this expensive and people were happy,” he further said while adding that basic items were affordable and the poor were satisfied. “It is owing to the prayers of these satisfied citizens that the PML-N is emerging victorious,” he continued.Nawaz regretted, “All of a sudden everything changed. I was imprisoned and cases are being made against me while Shehbaz has been imprisoned and remanded in National Accountability Bureau’s custody.”
“The world knows how cases are being made against Shehbaz and me and everyone has verified this,” he further said.
The former premier also lamented, “The way Saad Rafique is being treated it is as if he will be imprisoned tomorrow if not today.”
“Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and I are facing a treason case, but God willing these times will change,” he said.
Earlier today, PML-N Senator, Asif Kirmani said that by-polls results have endorsed party’s reservations about general polls.Talking to the newsmen in Islamabad Senator Asif Kirmani thanked Almighty Allah for the success in the by polls.
“PML-N’s victory in by-polls is the outcome of Imran Khan’s wrong policies”, Kirmani said.
Kirmani alleged that the government tried to influence by-polls and arrested many of the party workers.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesperson, Marriyyum Aurangzeb said that the masses have rejected anti-people change in by-polls.
Reacting over PML-N’s victory in the by-polls, PML-N spokesperson said that masses have reopened constituencies won by PTI in general polls.She congratulated and thanked masses for support in the by-polls and said that the clean sweep of Lahore shows love, affection and trust of the people in PML-N.
According to unofficial results announced by Election Commission of Pakistan, PTI and PML-N have won four National Assembly seats each, while PML-Q has won two and MMA one seat.
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In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, PTI has won six out nine seats, while ANP two seats and PML-N one seat of the provincial assembly.
In Punjab Assembly, PML -N has won six, PTI five while independents two seats.
In Sindh Assembly, PPP has emerged the winner on both the seats of the provincial assembly.
In Balochistan Assembly, BNP and independent have won one seat each.
Polling for the by-election was held in 35 constituencies on Sunday, with 11 seats each of the National and Punjab assemblies, nine of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two each of the Sindh and Balochistan up for grabs. Results from the 11 NA constituencies saw the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) win four seats apiece.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) retained the two seats that were vacated by Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, while the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) won the NA-35 constituency in Bannu.
The PTI was unable to retain the two seats won by Prime Minister Imran Khan in the July 25 general election.