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LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that he would accept the public mandate in the upcoming polls and urged the people to take their decisions regarding voting after looking into certain facts and by juxtaposing the performance of the PML-N governments with that of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s four years.

While addressing a cheques distribution ceremony under the Prime Minister’s Youth Business and Agriculture Loan Scheme here on Sunday, he said that if an opportunity in the upcoming general elections was given, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) would change the destiny of the country by taking it on the path of progress and prosperity.

The prime minister while lauding the statesmanship qualities of his elder brother regretted that former prime minister and his leader Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power despite the fact that he had ended prolonged crippling load shedding, provided laptops and loans to youth, brought multi-billions China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) power and road infrastructure projects during 2015.

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He said PTI chief had a phobia about PML-N leadership and the opposition as day in and day out, he was bent upon putting them in jails with framing of fake cases, adding the PTI leader could not assimilate the revolutionary steps taken by the PML-N government.

All the youth programmes, he said were started during the tenure of Nawaz Sharif as alone 50,000 vehicles were provided to the people on merit across Punjab province. The success of loan scheme could be gauged from the fact that 99 per cent loans were returned back to banks, he added.

The prime minister maintained that Nawaz Sharif and they had experienced the worst kind of political vendetta; even they were sent on exile after outer from power, but unlike Imran Niazi, the PML-N Quaid never thought of anything against the country.

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The prime minister elaborated that the person (IK) who was brought to power through a fraud elections, kept on chanting the corruption charges during his four years’ tenure but did not prove them, adding but when he was removed from power corridors through a constitutional manner, he used dirty language and tactics against the state institutions.

The prime minister mentioned that PTI’s tenure was tainted with huge corruption scams including sugar and wheat scams, BRT Peshawar, Malam Jabba, sale of Toshakhana gifts, Rs 60 billion money embezzlement returned by the UK agency, etc. He said that no one could deny these stark facts.

He said during his tenure, about one million laptops were given to the youth and the PTI leadership blamed them of using the scheme as bribe, adding that contrary to it, their initiative brought about an IT revolution in the country, enabling the youth to continue their studies, work as freelancers and earn a respectable livelihood for their families.

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The prime minister stressed that these laptops were given purely on merit, and if proved otherwise, he would be held accountable as these resources belonged to the country.

The prime minister said that allegations, scandals and use of foul language were rife during the PTI’s government. About 3 billion dollar loans were given to the powerful families during the PTI’s government, he said, and questioned as to why this huge amount was not spent on the future of youth?

Toshakhana gifts for the country were sold in a shabby manner and efforts were made by Imran Niazi to protect his spouse from criminal cases. He observed that nations were harmed with such tactics. “It was a heart wrenching story but now it has become a part of the past,” he added.

He said that Nawaz Sharif and he himself had spent 40 years in politics and experienced ordeals for the sake of the motherland.

Nawaz Sharif was accused of Panama Papers and given punishment in Iqama charges, he said, adding that PML-N Quaid appeared before courts regularly but on the other hand, Imran Niazi was being granted bails.

The prime minister referring to minister for finance’s announcement regarding reduction in prices of petroleum products, said that it was all possible due to appreciation in the value of rupee against dollar which provided them an opportunity to pass on the relief to the public. The crude oil price in the international market was still high, he added.

The prime minister said that it was also IMF’s programme positive aspect which brought stability in the value of rupee.

If they had not reached the agreement, the prime minister observed the difference between the value of rupee and dollar could have increased leading to further difficult economic situation.

“Those people who had conspired against the country; with the grace of Allah, the Almighty, all their machinations have been buried and their links abroad, including a recent statement by Israel against Pakistan, all these were failed,” he added.

About IMF’s agreement, he said with determination and commitment, the government stabilised the economy with revolutionary and bold steps.

The prime minister said with sacrifices and hard work, and the solemn pledge by the government, rich and those people blessed with resources, public servants and politicians, they could change country’s fate.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Punjab Balighur Rehman said that young segments had always been a precious asset for any country, and provision of opportunities to them was must.

He advised the youth to always depend upon truthfulness and facts without being beguiled by sensational and misleading statements.

He said all these youth programmes were launched during 2013 which targeted the youth and lauded efforts of the prime minister.

‘Shehbaz’s speed’ had become an international reference for accomplishment of public welfare schemes at rapid speed, he added.

The governor further said that numerous information and technology programmes and skills development schemes were launched by the PML-N government which bridged the digital divide and enabled the youth to earn their livelihood with use of laptop scheme.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Abdullah Jul 17, 2023 08:31am
Lets be fail pmln is alot better than all the other parties.when ever they come into power they do spend and start projects where as pti only wasted 3 years with no projects started and nothing done.
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Tulukan Mairandi Jul 17, 2023 10:06am
What? The prices of electricity and everything else has increased. Only oil prices reduced a little. The PKR has not significantly appreciated after all the many charity-bailouts by IMF, Saudi, UAE etc.
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Builder Jul 17, 2023 01:03pm
In another news, electricity and fuel is now free in india as they have progressed beyond imagination.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Jul 17, 2023 01:39pm
When top people of the nation in govt and establishment keep floating lies what can we expect the dishonesty of common people in general. Counter argument with numbers doesn't matter now in Pakistan, sheer no confidence on this state.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Jul 17, 2023 01:53pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, even BR now censoring my comments, at least your comments are published despite conservatives name you secret servicemen of enemy.
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