LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday slammed the caretaker authorities set-up following arrests of greater than 100 workers from Lahore forward of get together supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return.
“Arrests of workers is naked pre-poll rigging,” Shehbaz stated as he addressed the media in Lahore alongside former railways minister Saad Rafique and former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
“Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials,” the PML-N president asserted.
“The whole world knows PML-N is being targetted,” he added.
Doors of workers’ homes had been damaged down they usually had been arrested final evening, the previous Punjab chief minister shared whereas including that round 300 workers had been additionally arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
“No logic can defend the 30-day detention of our workers,” Shehbaz upheld.
Demanding that workers be launched instantly, the previous Punjab chief minister stated, “Our protest will be peaceful.”
Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take discover, the PML-N president stated, “By the time our workers are released polls will be over.”
The former Punjab chief minister additional vowed that he and his get together workers will go to obtain former premier Nawaz Sharif at Lahore airport tomorrow “come what may”.
Shehbaz additionally warned police officers towards arresting his workers. “Know that time never remains the same and after we win the polls, we will hold you accountable on July 26,” he stated.
Further, the Punjab chief minister appealed to the nation to assist construct Pakistan and never destroy it.
“How can you allow Imran Khan to rule with his flawed policies?” he requested.
Requesting the nation to return out in Nawaz’s help, Shehbaz stated, “Mian Sb is coming back for the people and for the betterment of Pakistan.”
Lamenting that the get together just isn’t being allowed to marketing campaign and is “being pushed into a corner”, Shehbaz stated, “No one complain to me later if we are not given a level playing field.”
“Section 144 has been imposed for us while Imran Khan has been permitted to hold a rally today,” he additional stated.
“You can do all the rigging you want, we will still win the July 25 polls,” he upheld.
One once more, interesting that the ‘injustice’ and arrests of workers be stopped, Shehbaz urged the caretaker authorities set-up, “Please pause, reflect and change the course.”
“The administration and police should stop injustices as we will not be intimidated,” he stated.
“The caretaker set-up is a salaried puppet,” Shehbaz added.
Further, the PML-N president stated the decision within the Avenfield reference was ‘unjust’.
“Judge’s verdict stated that there was no proof of corruption against Nawaz,” he stated whereas including that he was sentenced primarily based on presumptions.
Shehbaz additionally stated that rumours are being unfold claiming that Nawaz’s flight has been cancelled.
“There is no truth in these rumours and Nawaz and Maryam are coming to Pakistan tomorrow,” he upheld.
The presser got here after PML-N’s high management met to debate the plan of motion following the arrests and preparations for Nawaz’s return.
Nawaz and Maryam are anticipated to depart London at present night and land in Lahore round 6:00pm on Friday (July 13).
Ahead of get together supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s return to the nation, over 100 PML-N native leaders and workers had been detained in a “midnight operation” late Wednesday.
Several UC chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors are amongst these arrested from numerous areas of Lahore.
Following the arrests, a big quantity of PML-N workers protested exterior police stations and key get together leaders — Saad Rafique, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Malik — held an emergency press convention at three:30am.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has organized two helicopters for Nawaz and Maryam’s arrests upon their return.
The NAB plans to place one helicopter at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and the opposite on the New Islamabad International Airport to take the 2 PML-N leaders into custody instantly after they land.
Further, containers have been positioned at Mall Road in an anticipated bid to seal main routes resulting in the airport with a view to thwart political rallies on Friday.
Welcoming Nawaz our constitutional proper: Shehbaz
Earlier at present, Shehbaz asserted that receiving get together supremo Nawaz Sharif is their constitutional proper.
“We are not afraid of jails and shackles and a warm welcome for our party supremo is our legal and constitutional right,” Shehbaz stated whereas talking to Geo News.
“I will go to the airport along with party workers to receive Nawaz on July 13,” the previous Punjab chief minister vowed.
Shehbaz assured that get together workers won’t ‘damage’ official property throughout Nawaz’s welcome rally.
“We will welcome him in a peaceful manner,” he maintained.
Regarding the arrests of greater than 100 native leaders and workers of PML-N in a “midnight operation”, Shehbaz stated, “The arrests are raising questions regarding the transparency of the upcoming polls.”
“Free and fair elections are the need of the hour and all parties must be allowed to campaign freely,” he acknowledged.
Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take discover of the arrests, the PML-N president stated, “Police also wants to arrest Hanif Abbasi.”
“As party president, I will not stay quiet on the matter of the arrests of workers and local leaders,” Shehbaz maintained.