Sanctity of vote must be established: Nawaz


LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that it is important to establish the sanctity of vote in the country.

Speaking to the media after expressing his condolences to Mufti Raghib Naeemi on the demise of his grandmother, Nawaz said that he will take this issue to every corner of the country, adding that the country can only progress if the mandate of the people is respected.

“The mandate of the people must not be insulted,” he said, “Our narrative has made a place in the hearts of the people.”

Nawaz said that he is grateful to God for the remarkable victory that his party achieved in the recently held Lodhran by-election and would visit the city soon to thank the voters for their trust in his party.

He further said that his political opponents were liars and hypocrites.

Responding to a question, he said that the judiciary would be most accountable among everyone in the court of the God.

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s Iqbal Shah won the by-election of the NA-154 constituency on Monday, according to unofficial results of 338 polling stations. He managed to get 113,542 votes, while his competitor, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Ali Tareen got 85,933 votes. This was Ali Tareen’s first election which he contested on the seat left vacant by his father following his dismissal by the Supreme Court (SC).