“Where is the naya [new] Pakistan? Can you see it anywhere?” he said, jibing at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) slogan. “Imran Khan is headed out, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) will solve all the issues of KP citizens.”
The PML-N chief and daughter Maryam had reached Peshawar earlier today to address the rally near the motorway toll plaza.
Without naming Imran, he said the man lies ‘day and night’ yet he has become ‘sadiq [truthful] and ameen [honest].’
“I salute the people who have declared him sadiq and ameen,” he said.
Nawaz also questioned the development and administration of the province in his address.
“What did you do Imran Khan? Did you end load-shedding? What did you do for the people of KP?”
“KP does not even have a forensic laboratory or else cases like Aasma’s would not have been dealt the way they were,” he said, referring to a recent rape and murder of a four-year-old girl in Mardan.
The KP government had taken assistance from the Punjab Forensics Laboratory to trace the criminal through DNA testing.
Addressing the participants, Nawaz said that the people have shown that they do not accept the decision against him.
“Today you have told that the decision against Nawaz is unacceptable, time is changing and will change,” he said.
“Peshawar has taken ‘notice’ today”
“Today, Peshawar has taken ‘notice’ of the violation of people’s elected leader,” said Maryam.
She added that the people of Peshawar have declared Nawaz honest and truthful today.
Maryam began her speech by offering condolences to the Pakistan Army officials martyred in a suicide attack in Swat on Saturday.
Taking a jibe at the ruling party of the province, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), she asked where the ‘change’ is, referring to the party’s slogan.
“Nawaz will roar in the elections,” she said, and asked the participants of the rally to promise that they will take ‘revenge’ for the violation of their vote by voting for PML-N in the general election.
Nawaz will now address the gathering.
Earlier, the former premier was at the residence of provincial party chief Amir Muqam, where he chaired an informal meeting with PML-N provincial assembly members.
Maryam’s address at the rally was the first of her ‘political career’.
Preparations for the rally were completed earlier and fool-proof security ensured in and around the venue.
More than a thousand police personnel are deployed at the site of the rally, where scores of PML-N supporters from the province as well as Islamabad have arrived.
Talking to the media at the venue earlier, Nawaz’s aide Senator Asif Kirmani said they will turn the province into a den of the PML-N.
In his last address to a public gathering in Jaranwala, the former premier said his party will push its “political opponents hard” in 2018, so they are not seen again.
The PML-N president also touched upon the reasons for his ouster, a recurring theme in his recent rallies.
“Is it a crime to not draw a salary from your son?” Nawaz questioned the attendees of the rally. “I was ousted because of this crime.”