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Nawaz Sharif Re-Elected Unopposed as PML-N President After 6 Years

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Nawaz Sharif Re-Elected Unopposed as PML-N President After 6 Years

(CTN News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Tuesday elected Nawaz Sharif as the party’s president “unopposed” — six years after a court ruling had removed him from office.

As a result of the Panama Papers ruling, Nawaz lost the prime minister’s office in 2017 and his party’s presidency in 2018. Ever since, the PML-N has constructed a narrative centered around the catchphrase “mujhy kyun nikala” (Why was I removed?) in reference to the ex-PM.

However, Nawaz Sharif was again elected as the party president today, as no other party leader submitted their nomination papers against the party supremo for the top post.

While addressing the party’s general council meeting after being elected to the top post after a six-year gap, the former prime minister said that Pakistan would have progressed if his governments had not been repeatedly toppled.

He said that Pakistan would have held a unique position and power in Asia if the progress under his government had not been halted.

Nawaz Sharif lamented the practice of “leg pulling”, which he said had been going on since 1977 and had weakened the country.

“We should accept that we have shot ourselves in the foot. Believe me, we have never gone to anyone with a begging bowl,” he added.

The three-time prime minister reiterated that he would have never complained if he had been ousted from the prime minister’s post for corruption.

‘Panama Papers ruling thrown into waste basket’

Nawaz told the party members cheering for him on occasion to celebrate not because he was re-elected PML-N president but because the decision by former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar in the Panama Papers case “had been thrown into the waste basket.”

“Saqib Nisar had given the ruling to remove me from the party’s presidency forever. Tell him to come here today and see what happened to his decision,” Nawaz added.

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“Four to five people compromised the people’s mandate,” he said while referring to his ouster after being elected by the masses.

The newly elected PML-N president said he felt proud that his party members had never cared about any difficult situation.

He also hailed his brother, PM Shehbaz, for his “resilience” as he always stood with him, saying that many people tried to create rifts between them by offering Shehbaz the post of prime minister, but he didn’t give in.

“Shehbaz Sharif said, ‘I reject the top ministry being given in exchange for disloyalty’,” Nawaz Sharif said.

He congratulated his daughter, Punjab Chief Minister Mariam Nawaz, for keeping the party active.

Turning his guns towards the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder, Nawaz asked which cases against Imran Khan were fake. He also asked Imran whether he was the “third force” behind his ouster.

The PML-N president said that it was Imran who “helped” in toppling the PML-N regime in 2017 and “derailing democracy.”.

While speaking on the occasion, PM Shehbaz reposed his trust in the newly elected president and said he has now returned the responsibility to Nawaz, which was entrusted to him years ago.

It may be noted that earlier this month,, as the PML-N president, the premier said that it was time for his elder brother and three-time former prime minister “to resume his rightful place” as the party chief.

“I believe that if we work day and night, under Nawaz Sharif’s guidance, Pakistan will come out of the crises and it will become the same Pakistan that Nawaz Sharif left in 2017,” the prime minister, who was the party’s president after Nawaz, said.

Shehbaz said people who despised the three-time prime minister had him removed from office under a made-up case, which was first Panama and then ‘aqama’.

“But today, under Nawaz’s leadership, we are working in Punjab and the federation […] day and night,” Shehbaz said, claiming that the 2018 elections were forcefully snatched from the PML-N president.

Calling on the judiciary, he said: “You are Pakistanis, you are judges; if development does not return to Pakistan, then there will be no judges, no politicians, and no one else.”

“Do you want this? I believe that most of these judges are Pakistanis and think about Pakistan’s development, but some ‘black sheeps’ [are helping PTI founder] Imran Khan,” the two-time prime minister said.

When Nawaz Sharif was under trial, Shehbaz said he would not get bail in his cases. “But today, there are discussions about how he [Imran] can be sent out on bail and his cases dismissed.”

He slammed Imran and said all “of your conspiracies” would be foiled. Shehbaz also lamented that the PTI founder was “running campaigns” against the family members of army personnel.

Earlier, PML-N Punjab chapter president Rana Sanaullah quoted PM Shehbaz as saying it was necessary to return the presidency to Nawaz Sharif as all the cases lodged against him have been quashed.

He said that in 2017, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified via conspiracy, adding that fake cases against the PML-N supreme have reached their logical end.

Arsi Mughal is a staff writer at CTN News, delivering insightful and engaging content on a wide range of topics. With a knack for clear and concise writing, he crafts articles that resonate with readers. Arsi's pieces are well-researched, informative, and presented in a straightforward manner, making complex subjects accessible to a broad audience. His writing style strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and casual approachability, ensuring an enjoyable reading experience.

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