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Will you choose looters or a new Pakistan, Nawaz asks

04 December, 2012

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MARDAN: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that it was up to the people to decide whether to start a new Pakistan or bring the looters back again.

"The government should come through the votes of the people and go in a democratic way. I don't know what my sin was when a dictator toppled our elected government and brought the country to the verge of destruction," he told a press conference at the residence of Nawabzada Arsala Khan, district general secretary of the PML-N.

PML-N vice-president Amir Muqam, Pir Sabir Shah, Parvez Rasheed, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Farid Toofan, Mian Rashid Ali Shah, Ali Khan Yousafzai, Shaheen Habibullah, Salahudddin and other party leaders were present on the occasion.

Former federal minister Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hoti along with his son Umar Farooq and supporters announced joining the PML-N in Nawaz Sharif's presence. He had recently quit the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf after a brief association. Earlier, he was in the Awami National Party.

Nawaz said that completion of its term by the present government was a good omen for democracy.Nawaz Sharif said that during his rule, the country was on the way to progress and development and had he remained in power the situation in Pakistan would have been different. He said he was taking all the provinces along in running the government's affairs when the PML-N ruled the country.

He added that a dictator in the past killed Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti even though the latter was loyal to the country and had given his vote in favour of Pakistan.

He said that during his rule the Pakistani currency and economy were stronger than that of India and Pakistan was considered a developed country among the Saarc countries. He said he wanted to link Torkham to Karachi and Gwadar at the time.

Answering a question about the decision of the Lahore High Court on the construction of the Kalabagh Dam, Nawaz Sharif said consensus was necessary on the issue before starting work on the project.

He welcomed Khwaja Muhammad Hoti into the PML-N fold and said that with his joining the party would be strengthened. Addressing the press conference, Khwaja Muhammad Hoti said he was joining the PML-N as a common worker and would work to strengthen the party in Mardan district.

Earlier, Mian Nawaz Sharif visited the house of the late Muhammad Ali Khan Hoti and offered fateha for his soul.Security was tight in the city during the visit of Nawaz Sharif and some of the roads were blocked by the administration, causing problems for commuters.

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