‘Respect the vote’ campaign demands respect for people: Nawaz Sharif

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APP70-06 MANSEHRA: Former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a public meeting. APP

MANSEHRA, May 6 (APP): Former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday said PML-N ‘respect the vote’ campaign demanded respect for people of the country.
He said Pakistan did not belong to a few people rather it was the country of 220 million people. He said this addressing a huge public gathering.
Nawaz Sharif said the people should be facilitated across the country. He rejected the tall claim of a new Pakistan made by PTI chief Imran Khan and said if anybody wanted to see a new Pakistan, he should visit Punjab being transformed by Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif said the court of the people had given him a clean-chit and it would be proved in the forthcoming general election.
He said soon Hazara would become an economic hub of the country on completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. By next year, a six-lane motorway would be completed from Havelian to Manshera, he added.
Criticizing the PTI chief, he said only sit-ins were the fate of Imran Khan as he did nothing for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa except for hollow slogans and claims.
He said when he took over the government in 2013, terrorism was at its peak and the people were facing up to 22 hours of load
shedding and added 10,000 MW electricity had been added to the national grid to check load shedding during his tenure. He said terrorism had almost been eliminated during the five years of his government.
Nawaz Sharif said he had traveled through motorway from Islamabad to Mansehra and saw the new Pakistan from Islamabad to Burhan and Shah Maqsood while from Havelian to Manshera, he only observed garbage dumps everywhere.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammad Yousyuf, National Assembly Deputy Speaker
Murtaza Javed Abbassi, Maryam Nawaz, MNA Babar Nawaz and MPAs also addressed the public gathering.