LAHORE - United States Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome called on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. According to a statement issued by the PML-N on Saturday, Nawaz Sharif emphasised the significance of Pakistan’s relations with the United States. He particularly recalled his various interactions with the US leaders where both sides had always acknowledged the importance of Pakistan-US ties.
During the meeting, the Quaid PML-N shared his views on political and economic situation in Pakistan, particularly in the context of his party’s preparations for the upcoming elections. He expressed confidence that the people of Pakistan would once again repose their trust in the PML-N to lead the country out of the myriad problems confronting it today. “The two leaders also discussed the enduring bilateral ties and cooperation over multilateral matters of mutual interest between Pakistan and the U.S.” Both the leaders acknowledged the importance of steadfast and sturdy partnership between the two countries. They recognised the importance of exploring avenues to boost cooperation and building on the successful outcomes that underpin the robust US-Pakistan bilateral relationship. The US Ambassador and PML-N leader deliberated over a number of diverse domains, including trade, economy, climate change, security, and regional stability. Regional developments were also discussed. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of the plight of innocent Palestinians who were being mercilessly killed by the indiscriminate Israeli bombardment and imposition of siege around Gaza. He called for an immediate end to hostilities and urgent provision of humanitarian and medical assistance to the People. The US Ambassador shared U.S. priorities with the PML-N leader and thanked him for a frank and cordial exchange of views during the meeting.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Leader Rana Sanaullah said Saturday that his party would form a strong government in the upcoming general elections after getting a simple majority.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that PML-N would run the electoral campaign with vigor in Punjab. He hoped that his party would get 120 to 125 seats in Punjab out of 141. Rana Sanaullah said that his party wished to work with all national institutions and political parties for the country’s prosperity and development. “We need to work collectively to achieve development and prosperity for the people” he added. He said that the PML-N had more than one candidate in every constituency. Workers and leaders have decided to contest elections in great numbers, he added.
He announced that the meeting of the parliamentary board would start next week, which would be presided over by PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif. The people would decide who is going to get a majority in Balochistan, he remarked and promised to take the province along with them in the future.
Rana Sanaullah recalled that the people of Pakistan had reposed confidence in the PML-N in 2013 when the country was facing rampant incidents of terrorism and long durations of loadshedding. However, the PML-N under dynamic leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif overcame the menace of terrorism and loadshedding and put the country on the road to progress and prosperity in 4 years, he added.
He said that the growth rate was 6.2 percent in Pakistan in 2018 when the PML-N government ended. Mian Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on a flimsy allegation of not receiving salary from his own son and Imran Khan was imposed on the nation but the “incompetent” person bitterly failed to deliver to the nation despite enjoying power for four years.
Rana Sanaullah Khan said that the PML-N always preferred public welfare programmes. It initiated a number of development projects like construction of motorways and expressways in addition to establishment of hospitals, university campuses and metros, he recounted.
He said the PML-N needed a simple majority and making every political party part of the future plans was an objective of Mian Nawaz Sharif. He added that people would trust the PML-N again. He highlighted that Pakistan embarked on a track of development in 2017 if it had continued on the same track, Pakistan would have been in G20 in the next four to five years.
The PML-N leader and former interior minister also told reporters that all political parties would partake in the electoral process. People will decide [who they wanted in power].”
Responding to another question, Sanaullah hit back at the PPP and asked if lodging false cases against PML-N’s leadership was a “level playing field”.
Speaking on the occasion, the PML-N leader said: “We are in the winning position. We are regaining our position. It is not out of the blue.” “You are displeased as it is not happening now whatever happened to us in the 2018 elections,” he added.