People have given verdict against PTI, says Hamza

* Claims Imran now begging for 30-day ‘leave’ of PM


LAHORE: PML-N leader and MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said that the nation has given its verdict against the ongoing sit-ins in Islamabad that no one can dare to seek resignation from Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif.
He was addressing the PML-N’s “Istehkam-e-Pakistan” rally at Charing Cross on The Mall on Monday evening that was primarily arranged to show party strength in a bid to counter PTI and PAT sit-ins in the federal capital.
Speaking on the occasion, Hamza said that thousands of supporters of his party were gathered from Ferozepur Road to Charing Cross. Calling the sit-in of PTI and PAT as ‘Dharnian’ (smaller sit-ins), he said that Imran Khan was staging a musical concert on a daily basis instead of holding a protest sit-in.
“These (audience) are the people only form Lahore while the whole of Pakistan is saying that the prime minister should not resign and the real decision is the decision of the people,” Hamza told the audience.  
He expressed the resolve that a tradition wouldn’t be allowed to establish in Pakistan that a few thousands of people come and demand resignation from an elected prime minister. 
He said that 11 political parties represented in the National Assembly have passed a resolution that Imran’s demand for PM’s resignation was “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic.”
Hamza also invited Imran to come to the parliament and become a part of electoral reforms process. “Come to the parliament and sit with us to reform electrical process, let us jointly fight the war against terrorism in the country,” he said while addressing Imran. He said Imran has repeatedly expressed his hope that PM was about to resign. 
“When Imran left Lahore for Islamabad, he said that the prime minister will resign soon; later reaching the middle way to Islamabad, he once again gave his prediction; and then continued repeating it again and again.” He said today the entire Pakistani nation has rejected Imran’s “unconstitutional” demands and that now he is begging for a 30-day “leave” of the prime minister.
Hamza also severely criticised the PTI chairman for using non-parliamentary language against parliamentarians, judges and former chief election commissioner Fakharuudin G Ibrahim. He also praised Prime Minister Nawaz for not giving any response to negative comments of Imran while saying that PML-N’s answer to Imran’s negative speeches would be development projects, including construction of proposed Karachi-Lahore motorway, coal-fired energy projects, solar parks and other such projects. 
He said the matter of election rigging should have been resolved after Prime Minister Nawaz announced making a judicial commission to look into such complaints. 
He said that Imran was not seeing any rigging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where his party was in the government. He said that the PML-N also organised a long march but that it was for the cause of restoration of judiciary and not to spread anarchy and disturbance in the country. He said that Imran’s call for civil disobedience was an open enmity with the nation and that it has been rejected by the whole of Pakistan.
He said a 12-member forward bloc in the PTI has refused to resign from the assembly despite Imran’s call because he has become totally undemocratic and was not even making any consultation within his party.
He said that the country has faced a loss of Rs 7 billion due to ongoing sit-ins in Islamabad during these days besides serious damage to its national repute. 
Criticising Sheikh Rashid, Hamza said that Rashid used to say that he would resign if dollar’s price dipped in Pakistan. “Where is Rashid’s resignation,” he asked.   
Addressing the rally, Punjab Finance Minster Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that presence of a large number of PML-N supporters in the rally has proved that Nawaz Sharif was a truly elected prime minister. He said that the people of Pakistan have rejected the PTI protests and the citizens of Lahore have announced their verdict because as a matter of fact, Imran roamed the streets of Lahore for 12 hours but could not gather such a support from the provincial capital.   
MNA Pervaiz Malik expressed the resolve that the PML-N would protect its mandate at all costs and said that hundreds of thousands of PML-N supporters were ready to sacrifice their lives for the respect and dignity of their leader Nawaz Sharif on a single call. He said: “They (PML-N workers) are just waiting for a signal from the prime minister. We will not allow anyone to use abusive language against our leader.”   
Being firm like her spouse, MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik said that the people of Pakistan have given their mandate to the PML-N, which would be protected at any cost. “We will not allow anyone to steal our mandate because our lions and lionesses will protect it.”

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