Shehbaz Sharif and Elections 2018

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa 02:00 PM | 5 Mar, 2018
Shehbaz Sharif and Elections 2018
Appointed PMLN President by Former President of the party Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif was the most eligible person in the party to take up the charge, as assumed by majority party members.

Deemed as PML (N)’s hero without a cape, he has all the luck and will to bring the party out of the current inconvenient situation. Poised with all likely qualities of a leader, Shehbaz Sharif’s performance in Punjab stands persevered and unabated; paving the way for PML (N)’s win in general elections 2018.

Not only he is best suited to be President PMLN after Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif is also best suited as a candidate for the slot of the premiership in general elections 2018.

He has his family’s support, party’s support and most importantly, the support of PMLN voters. Even the voters of the opposition party PTI are of the view that Shehbaz Sharif is undoubtedly the most suitable candidate to run for the premiership.

Looking at how Shehbaz Sharif managed to rise through all the thick and thin during his tenure as Punjab Chief Minister, we find a lot on his plate than any other Chief Minister Pakistan has ever seen.

Especially, if the people of his province are endorsing his work and good governance, he needs no special endorsements then.

Talking about his own constituency in Lahore, PP-159, a recent survey on-ground survey conducted by Journalist Habib Akram registered that a majority of 67 percent people was satisfied by the performance of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif; would win the next general elections’ 2018 conveniently.

Yet, we see, from journalists to artists, to politicians to leaders and representatives of foreign countries, are all praise for the man in question.

A recent example of this is a ringing endorsement of his capabilities as the chief of Punjab province by Mayor London Sadiq Khan. Sadiq Khan said the progress and infrastructure development in Punjab under Shahbaz Sharif’s leadership, is “very impressive”.

He said: “I was really impressed with Lahore. The progress that has taken place in Punjab is really very impressive: lots of infrastructure projects, motorways, underpasses, the progress of infrastructure with relation to the broadband.”

Dr. Ishrat Hussain, in his recently launched book Governing the ungovernable, termed Shehbaz Sharif a “reformer”. He appreciated his dynamic leadership for turning things around in Punjab and emerging as a role model for the Chief Ministers of other provinces.

Renowned Educationist, Sir Micheal Barber termed Shehbaz Sharif “inspiration for the world.”

He said: “His energy is a complete inspiration for me as he is certainly recognized across the world that Punjab has a special leader. For me, its been a fantastic experience to work with him.”

Famous for his Punjab Speed (nicknamed by the Chinese leadership and companies), Shehbaz Sharif has a steady record of completing mega projects within the set frame of time.

By hook or by crook, he made sure that the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre Phase-I was inaugurated by 25th December’2017. Through PKLI&RC, Pakistani doctors previously serving abroad have come back to Pakistan to serve their own country!

When the Orange Line Metro Train was given go ahead in Decmber’2017, the Chief Minister, expressing his pleasure speaking to Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan said that he is thinking to put in full effort to launch it by March 2018! February 26’ 2018, Orange Line Metro Train hits its first successful trial run in Lahore. This was unimaginable if Shehbaz Sharif was not Punjab’s chief.

Shehbaz’s stance on Pakistan’s foreign policy as often reflected in his statements on important issues is one that resonates well with the views of the general public.

On Trump’s remarks against Pakistan, he strongly registered that the time has come to stop receiving aid from America. Upon the Rohingya Massacre, he termed the brutal killings of Muslims as “genocide”.

In a recent survey conducted by Transparency International, Shehbaz Sharif has been voted as the “most honest” leader by the respondents.

Seen as the next likely Prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif’s Pattoki public address acted as an election campaign starter pack after being appointed as PMLN president on the very same day by Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Chairman District Council Kasur, Rana Sikandar Hayat after a successful public gathering at Pattoki, Kasur tweeted:

Even corruption allegations by PTI Chairman Imran Khan could do no harm to Shehbaz Sharif’s credibility. When Imran Khan hyped the Multan Metro Corruption Scandal, the Chinese company involved was blacklisted by China and a clean chit was given to Punjab Government.

A defamation suit was sent to Imran Khan as a backfire by Shehbaz Sharif, while Imran Khan himself never appeared in court hearings following the case.

Just when his rivals begin hitting below the belt, they ending up gaining nothing but further strengthening chief ministers resolve. Successful trial run of the orange line metro train is a very recent example.

People are eyeing this success as a major voter turnout for Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) in general elections 2018. Leading the party as President, Shehbaz Sharif instills new hope into the political future of Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa

The writer is a student of Mass Communications at Punjab University and a blogger


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220


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