ECP silent as Punjab government dances to PTI’s tunes: Shehbaz

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ECP silent as Punjab government dances to PTI’s tunes: Shehbaz

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif alleged Friday that the caretaker set-up of Punjab is following the orders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

"Punjab's interim government is dancing to the tunes of the PTI, while the ECP [Election Commission of Pakistan] continues to be a quiet bystander," Sharif said during a news conference in Peshawar.

"Numerous of our party's innocent workers were arrested," he said.

The PML-N president further asserted that the proceedings of the anti-graft body, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), were only being conducted to "push PML-N against the wall" and that many of its electables were pressurised to join other parties.

"The NAB could only see the corruption in KP [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] if it focuses its attention away from Punjab and the PML-N."

However, expressing confidence in his party's standing with the voters, Shehbaz said the PML-N was due to win the general election 2018 if it was free and fair.

"Nobody attended [PTI chief] Imran Khan's rally in Lahore yesterday," he said, adding: "A huge crowd attended PML-N's rally in Attock despite heavy rainfall."

The PML-N head vowed to make Pakistan similar to other Islamic countries, such as Turkey and Malaysia, if given a chance by the public in the upcoming polls.

"Neither did Imran [Khan] establish schools or colleges nor forensic labs. A private hospital [Rehman Institute] was established in Peshawar and a picture of it was circulated [by Imran] to take credit."

He added: "Now, is that not a lie? How will the country absorb this fraud?"

Continuing to lash out at his party's political rival, the PML-N president said PTI had destroyed the entire of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Later, in a rally at Mingora, Sharif said Nawaz, his brother, left behind ailing wife to return to Pakistan.

"I am first a Pashtun, then a Punjabi," the PML-N president claimed.

He said he had promised the people of Karachi and Peshawar that he will develop their cities as per Lahore.

 AFP