Member of National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, the son of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly criticized Imran Khan while addressing a public gathering in Lodhran ahead of the by-polls in NA-154. The PTI Chief also addressed a gathering in Lodhran and not surprisingly criticized the ruling party.
Hamza Shehbaz during his address claimed that he knows the problems of people of Lodhran but cannot announce any package due to the rules of Election Commission of Pakistan. However, he added that once the by-polls are completed he will announce a package for the area. The son of the Punjab Chief Minister while making this promise failed to explain why the problems of the area were neglected for so long. Hamza also claimed that the power crisis will be a thing of the past by the end of 2017, a promise similar to that made by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif during the election campaign leading up to the 2013 General Elections. The Punjab during the 2013 election campaign had promised to solve the energy crisis within six months of assuming power, which remain unfulfilled. If the previous promise was not fulfilled 18 months after the six months deadline what makes the latest promise by Hamza Shehbaz believable? However, his criticism of Imran’s rather bizarre and uncalled for warning to landowners to sell their land to Namal University was more than justified. Imran had warned the landowners a day earlier that if they do not sell their vacant land to the Namal University it will be acquired under article 4 of the land acquisition act if his party assumes power. Politicians need to realize that for democracy to prosper in the country we need to move on from the politics of accusations, threats and false promises.
Politics of accusations, threats and false promises must be shunned for democracy to prosper in the country.