Vastavam web: In a veiled dig at Pakistan’s judiciary, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif today said though he was disqualified by the Supreme Court, the people gave the real verdict by electing his wife from the constituency vacated by him.Sharif, 67, had to step down as prime minister and president of the ruling PML-N party after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.The victory has turned into a “golden page of history,” he told a jubilant crowd present at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Youth Wing convention here.
“You didn’t win an National Assembly seat but also helped justice prevail,” he said, criticising the July 28 verdict that unseated the three-time prime minister.”I still fail to understand why I was ousted [from the prime minister seat],” he said.”Nawaz Sharif wants to kiss all your foreheads,” the former premier said, expressing his gratitude to party workers for supporting his daughter, Maryam, who campaigned on behalf of her ailing mother, Kulsoom, for the by-poll.Kulsoom is currently undergoing treatment in London for throat cancer.If this passion continues, Pakistan will only move forward. The old traditions will break. The sanctity of your vote will be revived, he said.
Sharif said he was confident that his party would win the 2018 general election.Addressing the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the by-polls in the NA-120 proved that the “whole country is Nawaz’s fort”.”By voting in NA-120, you have proven that not only the constituency and not only the city but the whole country is Nawaz Sharif’s fort,” Shahbaz, the brother of Nawaz Sharif, said.