Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the judiciary had“ruined his plans” for the development of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).
Addressing his party’s public gathering regarding Kashmir Solidarity Day at the Muzaffarabad University College Ground, Nawaz said, “[Even though] I have been disqualified from Pakistan, [I am] qualified for Azad Jammu Kashmir.”
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief took a jibe at the Supreme Court which disqualified him in the Panama case, saying “They ruined my plans for the development of Kashmir, had I not been disqualified I would have eliminated poverty from the region.”
He went on to add that his bond of love with the people of Kashmir cannot be quashed and his heart beats equally for Pakistanis and Kashmiris.
“Respect the vote. Respect Pakistan,” Nawaz went on to roar amid chants of vote ko izzat doand Kashmir bane ga Pakistan (Kashmir will become Pakistan) as he further bashed the judiciary over the Panama Papers’ verdict that ousted him.
Nawaz said Monday’s rally was “three times bigger than the one he addressed at the same venue after winning the last general elections in 2013,” according to Pakistan Today website.
Nawaz also promised to turn Muzaffarabad into Lahore, vowing a continuous increase in PaK’s development budget. “We will make a four-lane motorway from Muzaffarabad to Mirpur, Dina,” adding that a similar project would be constructed from the city to Mansehra. “
The PML-N chief said that he had several plans for the PaK’s development that would have eliminated unemployment from the region, but they were all ruined due to his disqualification in July last year.
Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, in the Panama Papers case. Following the disqualification, Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have launched an anti-judiciary campaign, accusing it of acting in bias.
“The brave people of Kashmir are being blinded by the pellet guns used to fire at them,” Nawaz said, adding “Don’t lose heart! God is with you.”