'Free and fair' elections only solution to political crisis: Hamza

Published May 7, 2022
Punjab CM Hamza Shehbaz talks to media in Faisalabad.
Punjab CM Hamza Shehbaz talks to media in Faisalabad.

Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz on Saturday said "free and fair elections" were the only solution to the political crisis in the country, as he expressed confidence that the PML-N was prepared to face PTI chairman Imran Khan in the political battleground.

At a media talk in Faisalabad, he said that Pakistan was presently facing several challenges when it came to the economy and governance. "In the last four years, they (the PTI) did nothing but lie. Imran Khan never fulfilled his promise of a 'naya Pakistan' and instead destroyed the old one."

So now, Hamza continued, the governments — both federal and provincial — have begun the journey to revive the old Pakistan where "the growth rate was 5.8 per cent, labourers were paid on time, and essential food items were available".

"We will work with our allies and take steps that will be beneficial for the public," he vowed. "And I believe that in the upcoming period, whenever economic reforms are completed, free and fair elections are the only solution to the crisis in the country.

"I am hopeful that despite all these challenges, God will pave a path and God-willing, we will make this country Quaid-e-Azam's Pakistan," he said, adding that the PML-N was prepared to face Imran in the political battleground.

But some people, Hamza went on to refer to the former prime minister, want to start a "civil war" in the country.

"I have always said that Imran Khan is a man who is wearing a suicide vest to damage the Constitution of Pakistan and trample the law," he said, citing examples of the ruling of the National Assembly deputy speaker on the no-trust motion and the Punjab CM elections.

"Unlike Imran, we don't believe in the politics of revenge, but we won't forgive Imran for making people wait in queues for sugar, wheat and medicines. We will reveal how he raided the pockets of the people and make him pay for it," Hamza added.

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