Nawaz Sharif: ‘Real Youth’ Stands with PML-N, Not ‘Mummy-Daddy’ Ones

In a recent political rally in Faisalabad, Nawaz Sharif, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), made a series of promises to the Pakistani people. Sharif, who is seeking a fourth term as Prime Minister, pledged to reduce inflation and unemployment, two of the most pressing issues currently facing Pakistan.

Sharif’s promises come at a time when Pakistan is grappling with one of the highest inflation rates in years. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported a month-on-month increase of 1.8%, pushing the inflation rate to 28.34%. Sharif vowed to bring back the days when basic commodities like bread, vegetables, and petrol were more affordable. He criticized the current state of affairs, stating that if he had not been ousted in 2017, fewer people would be unemployed.

In addition to his economic promises, Sharif also took a swipe at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party that ruled the country from 2018 to 2022 before its ouster. Sharif claimed that the “real youth” of Pakistan, as opposed to the “mummy-daddy” ones, stand with the PML-N. This term is often used by PTI’s political opponents to suggest that the party’s supporters are privileged and lack authenticity.

The PTI is currently out of the election race, with its founder Imran Khan jailed and its top leadership either in hiding or behind bars. The party’s candidates will be contesting the upcoming February 8 elections on different electoral symbols, which could potentially lessen their chances of victory.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), led by Nawaz Sharif, is in electoral competition with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a former ally. Following a significant Supreme Court ruling and subsequent court relief in various cases, Sharif is now eligible to hold office.

Maryam Nawaz, the Senior Vice-President of PML-N, also spoke at the rally. She will be contesting polls for the first time, as her conviction was overturned last year. Maryam criticized PTI founder Khan and stated that the PML-N does not call anyone a thief and believes in serving the people.

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