Infostani International: Shehbaz Sharif responded to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s criticism, challenging him to address ‘private jails’ in Sindh before discussing ‘political prisoners’. The exchange follows warnings from Bilawal about the economic impact of Nawaz Sharif’s politics. Sharif defended the PML-N’s past tenure, emphasizing the absence of political prisoners, and outlined the party’s vision for rural development ahead of the February 8 polls.
Shehbaz Sharif Challenges Bilawal: Urges Abolishing ‘Private Jails’ and Prioritizing Release of Alleged Victims Before Discussing Political Prisoners
Responding to relentless criticism from PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, during a political gathering in Mandi Bahauddin on Thursday, challenged him to abolish the ‘private jails’ of the feudal elite in Sindh before discussing ‘political prisoners.’ Sharif urged Bilawal to secure the release of women and children allegedly held in these dungeons, emphasizing that such actions should precede any discourse on political prisoners in the country.
Earlier in the week, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had warned against Nawaz Sharif’s politics of revenge, suggesting potential harm to the country and its economy if he were to return to power. Shehbaz Sharif, without directly naming Bilawal, asserted that there were no political prisoners in Pakistan during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure from 2013 to 2018.
During the rally, the PML-N president outlined the party’s vision, stating that a PML-N government would bring a revolution to rural areas by providing small loans to farmers and youth, enabling them to establish small factories for agricultural production. Sharif emphasized the importance of investing in the country’s youth, suggesting that Pakistan’s strength lies in its large youth population, which can be equipped with vocational education and IT skills to unlock their potential.
PML-N’s Transformative Initiatives and Future Promises: A Reflection on Achievements and Vision for Mandi Bahauddin
Shehbaz Sharif reflected on the achievements of the PML-N government during its term, citing the reduction of load shedding from up to 20 hours to the successful induction of 10,000 megawatts of electricity into the national grid by 2017. He claimed that this accelerated growth in the agricultural and industrial sectors. According to Sharif, the progress was halted by a ‘conspiracy’ that ousted Nawaz Sharif from power.
Highlighting the PML-N’s contributions, Sharif mentioned the establishment of educational institutions and hospitals, the distribution of laptops to students, scholarships worth Rs20 billion, and the provision of free education to children in south Punjab. He also stated that farmers were given subsidized packages for fertilizers and electricity for tube wells. Additionally, Sharif claimed that road infrastructure was not only improved but expanded across Punjab. He promised the establishment of a modern university and a large hospital in Mandi Bahauddin if the PML-N secured victory in the February 8 polls.