PATTOKI – Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, in his first address as the new PML-N president said his party would win the upcoming general elections and promised roads, parks and a university to the large crowd gathered at the Pattoki cricket ground on Tuesday.

“Nawaz Sharif’s party presidency was snatched, but our love for him remains.”

Addressing a rally at Pattoki after his appointment as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) interim president, Shehbaz said that Nawaz might no more be party president, the former PM, however, continues to rule hearts of people.

CM Shehbaz added that under the leadership of Nawaz, the party has executed various development projects. He assured that PML-N will continue to serve the people of Pakistan after the public ‘re-elects PML-N’ in the upcoming general elections.

Taking jibes at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) front-runner Imran Khan, Shehbaz termed him as a ‘liar’. He said that Imran lies ‘day and night’, while he also accused the PTI chief of causing hindrances in early completion of Lahore’s Orange Line Metro Train project.

Pointing to the rally attendees, Shehbaz promised that the Nawaz league would construct a network of roads, parks and a university at Pattoki when the party gets elected to power again later this year.

“The government fulfilled its promise and ended load-shedding in the country,” further said the provincial chief executive.

Shifting his focus to Karachi, the newly selected PML-N president said that if the metropolis votes for PML-N, the party will ensure “Karachi becomes the next Lahore”.

“Karachi used to be known as the city of lights, now it has garbage on every street,” said the new PML-N president. He also lamented the condition of public transport in Karachi.

Shehbaz Sharif elected interim party president:

After Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as party head, the ruling party elected Shehbaz as its interim president at a meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) in Lahore today.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted that Raja Zafarul Haq, PM Abbasi and Shehbaz Sharif’s proposal to name Nawaz ‘Quaid for life’ elicited a resounding approval.

Starting his political career as president of Lahore Chamber of Commerce in 1985, Shehbaz was first elected as the member of the provincial assembly in 1988.

In 1990, he was elected as a member of the National Assembly and then again as a provincial assembly member in 1993.

Shehbaz first became the chief minister of Punjab after being elected as an MPA in 1997.

He was first elected as the PML-N president during exile in 2002, due to the registration of cases against Nawaz. In 2006, he was again elected as the party president.

The younger Sharif became the chief minister of Punjab for the second time, after being elected to the Punjab Assembly in a by-election in 2008.

Shehbaz took over the office of the Punjab CM for the third time following his party’s victory in 2013.

PML-N elects Shehbaz as interim president, Nawaz as ‘Quaid for life’