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PML-N suspends campaign for a day

LAHORE/RAWALPINDI: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif announced on Tuesday that his party had put off its poll campaign for a day after Imran Khan, the chief of his main rival party, was injured after falling off a forklift during an election rally in Lahore.

“I will not hold election campaign tomorrow to express solidarity with injured Imran Khan. We are kind-hearted and humane people and always care even for our enemies,” Mr Sharif told an election rally in Liaquat Bagh, where PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-bomb attack on Dec 27, 2007.

He asked the crowd to pray for early recovery of Mr Khan.

He said he had asked Shahbaz Sharif to go to the hospital to which Mr Khan had been admitted and express best wishes on behalf of the PML-N and its workers and supporters.

“We want to see him in the arena soon,” the PML-N chief said.

President Asif Ali Zardari sent a bouquet for the PTI chief, while leaders of the PML-Q, Jamaat-i-Islami, ANP, JUI-F, MQM and people from various walks of life expressed their best wishes for Mr Khan and prayed for his early recovery.

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May 08, 2013 03:33am
Although I dont agree to the way PML N does politics but this time it has shown mature attitude.
May 08, 2013 04:31am
Dissatisfied should only mean, the large people dissatisfied should vote Imran Khan or PTI, the vision to build new Pakistan, free of corruption. It does not make sense to be dissatisfied and bring back Noon, the status quo party that ruled 66 percent of Pakistan over the last 5 years, & multiple times before.
Nazir K Ali
May 08, 2013 04:38am
A very good gesture of compassion and goodwill. Good show Sharif brothers. Now, let us see what will be the reaction of our friends in Sindh. Salams
Talha Khan
May 08, 2013 05:46am
Though He (Mian Nawaz Sharif) aint a good orator but a mature politician. May ALLAH bless Imran Khan with health and Nawaz with success ;) Thumbs up! (y)
May 08, 2013 05:58am
Nawaz if you really love Pakistan stop contesting against Imran....join him... but you will not cause you never loved Pakistan.....
May 08, 2013 07:22am
Very good sportsmanship...Well done Mian Nawaz Shareef. Pls do not think of Imran Khan as your enemy...both of you and JI should be alliances... I wish Sir Imran Khan would not tirade against you in his public rallies. Wsalam, PTI supporter.
May 08, 2013 08:14am
Mr. Nawaz Sharif......1st Ghulam Ishaq Khan then Musharraf and then the demise of BB and now Imran Khan's injury. Its like The force of Almighty stopping u to govern Pakistan. Anyways good to see yr praying for IK but it should be more personal then political.
Gerry D'Cunha
May 08, 2013 09:44am
in politics,one does not leave any chances - tries to gain sympathy votes even for its enemy's bad luck - politics is be good on face and back stab your opponent or one who oppose
Irfan Baloch
May 08, 2013 09:56am
+1 for Nawaz Sherif good Brownie points as well
Amir khan
May 08, 2013 10:06am
Good gesture but do not relax push your campaign more forcefully both on media and in the field to eliminate chances of sympathy vote for PTI because they will try to cash this unfortunate happening with Imran
May 08, 2013 10:09am
This is also a political move from Mr Sharif, to gain some more votes...
Syed ohar Altaf
May 08, 2013 10:14am
A rather mature political step taken by Mian Nawaz Sharif. Hats off!
Yousuf (@92yousuf)
May 08, 2013 11:16am
Bhai wo to khud contest sey bhag geya kion nahi aya mian shab ke samney.
May 08, 2013 12:09pm
Nawaz you are really great .Wish you serve Pakistan for ever.
Nausher Ahmed
May 08, 2013 01:53pm
Only in our beloved country our leaders call political rivals "enemies", its a shame.