PML-N stands by leaders of Balochistan, Sindh: Shehbaz
Former premier Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N has been backing concerted efforts to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of Baluchistan and Sindh, Shehbaz said in his address at the PDM rally in Karachi.
The former Punjab chief minister recalled how between 2013 and 2018, violence and terror had gripped Karachi with bodies routinely being found in gunny sacks and extortion was rife.
"Such an atmosphere of fear was prevalent that people began shifting their businesses to Punjab," he said, adding that Nawaz Sharif worked with institutions, the provincial government and the businessmen to restore peace and restart commercial activities.
"Today extortion has been eradicated from Karachi," Shahbaz said.
Shahbaz also recalled hours-long load-shedding, daily wagers returning home to no fans and living in mental anguish, no smoke coming out of industrial chimneys, businesses wrapping up and agricultural fields drying up out of resource deprivation".
He said it was in the PML-N era that for the "first time in Pakistan's history", power projects were installed that generated 1,100MW of electricity. He said the glory of the city of lights revived, he said.
Taking a swipe at PM Imran, he said that he would say that if the rupee slides down even by one unit versus the dollar, then the leader in power is corrupt.
"He would say if electricity costs rise, then the premier is corrupt, if inflation is on the rise, the premier is corrupt."
"Now you all tell me, has sugar become cheaper? Has flour become cheaper? Has electricity become cheaper? Has gas become cheaper?" he asked, to loud chants of "No!"
Shehbaz said that there "can be no greater injustice than to sit in a 300-kanal house" in Bani Gala and "speak of Riyasat-e-Madina".
He said PM Imran Khan is "leading people astray with his lies", adding that the premier travels from his home to his office "daily in a helicopter".
"What would he know of the burdens of the poor man, who longs for even a single meal?" he asked.
Shehbaz said that he is "not saying all this for the sake of making a speech". "Perhaps the people of Karachi would not know, because the PML-N did not have a government here but I can tell you medicines and treatment were free in Punjab."
"Laptops were distributed to students and education was made possible for low-income families. Today they are doctors, engineers and are at high posts and are fully contributing to Pakistan's prosperity," he said.
He went on to state that the PML-N may have made the first metro bus in 2012 "but it was Karachi that had the right to get it first".
He said a "torrential tide of the people will have to go to Islamabad and wipe out this storm of inflation". "We will go and bury this inflation and bury this government," he said.
He said Imran Khan was using a helicopter for travelling between his home and office and misleading the nation. He said during the previous PML-N regime, free treatment was available in Punjab hospitals.