NEW DELHI - Pakistan Muslim League's-N President Shehbaz Sharif today said that while corrupt politicians in India are being punished, in Pakistan they contest elections.
During a press conference, Shehbaz Sharif said, "In India, actions have been taken against political leaders like their former PM Narasimha Rao and J Jayalalithaa. However, there are people in Pakistan who have been involved in scams worth billions and are today fighting elections and giving sermons, New Indian Express has reported.
Issuing a call for free and fair elections, Shehbaz Sharif said that India, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore and China have surpassed Pakistan in various fields. He said that it's only through free and fair elections that Pakistan can be made into "Iqbal's idea of Pakistan".
"India surpassed us in various fields. We thought Bangladesh is a baggage and it slipped off our hands. Look at Sri Lanka, Singapore, China all of them worked on our blue print and today we've lagged behind. If we don't learn our lesson then God help us. *Aaj Hindustan G20 mein jaata hai to mere dil ko teer lagte hain ki Modi (PM Modi) wahan jaake khada hota hai aur hum tamasha dekh rahe hain*. Let's convert this opportunity into making it Iqbal's Pakistan, it's only possible through free & fair elections," he said.
He also pointed out that Pakistan is in a bad position economically.
"Our economy is on the verge of decline, stock exchange is going down, our reserves can support only one month's import now, our investors went back to London and Dubai wondering what would happen on 25 July in Pakistan," he said.
General elections in Pakistan will be held on July 25. The present government competed its tenure on May 31 and the country is currently under the caretaker government which took over on June 1.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that a total of 105.95 million voters will use their right of vote to elect the new government. Among them 59.2 million are male voters and 46.7 million are female voters.