Vote is not licence to commit crime: Shafqat Mahmood

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LAHORE: Reacting to the PML-N’s Mansehra rally on Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Shafqat Mahmood said that the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech held no worth as vote doesn’t give a licence to commit crimes.

Talking to a private TV channel after the PML-N supremo’s speech, he said that Nawaz focused on mega-projects in the country to make money through kickback payments.

“They [PML-N] don’t have any interest in education and health sectors,” Mahmood added. “On what grounds is Nawaz making promises now when he wasn’t able to do anything in the past 30 years.”

Nawaz, in his address in Mansehra on Sunday, had said that his party’s ‘respect the vote’ campaign demands respect for the people of Pakistan.

“Our call to respect the vote demands respect for the people of Pakistan. This country does not belong to a few people; it belongs to the nation of 220 million people,” he had said, adding that the citizens of this country were not slaves.

In criticism directed towards political rival Imran Khan, chairman of PTI, Nawaz had said ‘naya [new] Pakistan’ was only visible in Lahore and Punjab, as KP and Sindh continue to present a dreary picture of ‘old Pakistan.’