How much change will the return of Nawaz Sharif bring to Pakistan?
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan after four years.
He addressed a big rally of his supporters in Lahore on the very first day of his return. Lahore was once considered the stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz faction, but later it started showing support for Imran Khan.
Nawaz Sharif’s rally gives an indication of his political future. It was being speculated that he would clarify his party’s stand in view of the elections to be held in the coming days.
In his speech he clearly said that he does not believe in vendetta politics and he wants to take the country forward on the path of economic development.
Pakistan’s political analysts are praising his viewpoint, while some analysts believe that he has given a strong message to the country’s military establishment with his address.
Nawaz Sharif has believed that the army had played an important role in removing him from power. At the same time, some critics say that he could not present any roadmap to bring Pakistan’s economy back on track.
First of all, let’s talk about the special points of Nawaz Sharif’s address.
Nawaz Sharif met his supporters at Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore. He was addressing his supporters for the first time after many years. His supporters from all over Pakistan had gathered here.
The excitement of getting a glimpse of Nawaz Sharif was clearly visible among the supporters, when Nawaz Sharif reached the stage, tears were also seen in his eyes.
Describing his love and unbreakable relationship with his supporters, Nawaz Sharif said, “After seeing you people, I have forgotten all my sorrow and pain. However, he also said that some wounds received after 2017 will never heal. Recalling Ghalib’s couplet, he said, “Life passed in such a way, Ghalib, what would we do if God had kept us.”
The crowd of Nawaz Sharif’s supporters looked mesmerized by his voice. After this, in a trembling voice, he told that due to being in exile, he could not take the mortal remains of his father, mother and wife to the grave.
He told that his family members had to pay the price of his politics.
He also told that he was not allowed to talk to his dying wife from jail and also told how his daughter was detained in front of him.
But he repeatedly reiterated in his address that he does not want any revenge for all this.
He neither used any harsh words towards the army nor the judges, although he admitted that he was the victim of conspiracies by the army and the judges.
Referring to his forty years of experience in politics, he said that its essence is that any country can progress only if all the stakeholders work together within the constitutional framework.
He said, “We have to make a new beginning.”
However, according to some analysts, with the help of Ghalib’s poetry, he has given a subtle message that the military establishment should refrain from conspiring with him in future. Nawaz Sharif read this couplet of Ghalib, “Ghalib, don’t tease us again with enthusiasm and tears, we are sitting preparing a storm.”
He took the name of arch rival Imran Khan only once in his address and said that he did not want to show rudeness like his rivals by taking their names.
In the third part of his address, he talked about the improvement in the economic condition of Pakistan.
He mentioned the development schemes of his rule days and compared the prices of food grains and petrol at that time with today’s prices and said that he wanted to take his country forward.
Without mentioning India, Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan should maintain cordial relations with its neighbors and proceed wisely on the Kashmir issue. He also expressed support towards the people of Palestine.
How is Nawaz Sharif’s address being viewed?
Political analysts are describing Nawaz Sharif’s address as balanced and positive.
Pakistan’s top news anchor Shahzeb Khanzada said on Nawaz’s rally, “It was a good show, Nawaz Sharif connected his supporters emotionally by mentioning his problems.”
He mentioned his past plans and also took the pulse of Pakistan’s current problems but he could not present any roadmap to bring the economy back on track.
According to Shahzeb, there are people who sympathize with Nawaz Sharif. But these people also feel that the same thing is happening with Imran Khan today, which is not right.
Two wrongs together cannot make a right thing. Therefore, if Nawaz Sharif’s party returns to power, questions will be raised on his behavior with Imran Khan.
According to senior Pakistani journalist and political analyst Hamid Mir, this rally has proved to be very influential in terms of the popularity and strength of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz faction. But these were not big in comparison to the big rallies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
However, Hamid Mir believes that by coming to Pakistan, he has proved wrong those people who were claiming that Nawaz would not return or that he had become politically irrelevant.
Hamid Mir says, “Nawaz Sharif pointed towards many important questions through Ghalib’s couplet. For example, he told his supporters, “You all know who was behind the protest, you all know who separated Nawaz Sharif from his supporters.”
Hamid Mir also believes that he raised questions on the role of the army in politics. Hamid says, “Finally, in the name of Nawaz Sharif Ghalib, it was also said that if Nawaz Sharif is now targeted, a flood of people will come out.”
According to political analyst Hafeez Ullah Niazi, Nawaz Sharif has rejected the culture of abusing his opponents.
Niazi points towards the culture of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
According to Niazi, Nawaz Sharif does not want to have any conflict with anyone but he has definitely warned the powerful sections who are conspiring for the future.
However, according to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Owais Ahmed, Nawaz Sharif’s rally was not very special.
According to Ahmed, the crowd gathered was not commensurate with the amount of money and resources the party spent on the rally. Ahmed also compared Nawaz Sharif’s rally with the rallies of Imran Khan’s party.
He said, “Most of the people were collected from other cities. Nawaz Sharif also failed to provide any solution to the current problems of Pakistan. He maintained distance from his party and his brother’s 16-month-old government.
“He failed to tell the people why his brother’s government is not able to keep inflation and the value of the Pakistani rupee stable?”
What are political opponents saying?
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s main rival, is running a social media campaign to downplay the rally.
Several clips and sound bytes criticizing the rally have been posted on social media.
Later, an old clip of Imran Khan was re-posted on his X handle. This post said that Imran Khan had warned the country about the “London Plan”.
The post reads, “With the return of Nawaz Sharif, who was absconding till now, the London plan is clearly visible.”
The post also reads, “The government of the country is using public resources to facilitate a culprit, but this cannot influence public opinion. The general public would expect nothing less than prompt, free and fair elections.” Doesn’t want.”
Other political parties like Pakistan Peoples Party have welcomed the return of Nawaz Sharif but have also expressed some reservations.
Just a day before Nawaz Sharif’s return, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Pakistan’s constitution, democracy and elections were put on hold “for the return of one person”.
Addressing a gathering in Karachi, Bilawal, without naming Nawaz, said, “The 16-month tenure of the previous government has shown that the country cannot be run from London and for everyone to be physically present among the people. It is essential to be present and accountable to them.”
Pakistan Peoples Party believes that Nawaz Sharif has been treated unfairly and should get the benefit of a fair judicial process, but it is also complaining about not getting a level playing field in the upcoming elections.
Many PPP leaders including Bilawal Bhutto have said that Nawaz Sharif has returned to the country with agreements and assurances from the military establishment and this is not acceptable to political parties like us.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman’s JUI-F has welcomed the return of Nawaz Sharif. A statement issued by the media cell of JUI-F stressed on unity among political parties to take the country out of the financial crisis and said that mutual differences are harmful for democracy in the country.
There was huge enthusiasm among the supporters
The return of Nawaz Sharif has filled his supporters with enthusiasm. Nawaz supporters from all parts of Pakistan came in trains, buses and cars to welcome their leader.
A group of Hindu supporters who had come from Amarkot in Sindh to catch a glimpse of Nawaz Sharif told the BBC that the beloved leader’s arrival coincided with the auspicious occasion of Diwali.
He said, “For us this is the Diwali before Diwali. Nawaz Sharif will bring prosperity and light to us and the country.”
Muhammad Ishaq, a supporter from Lahore, said that Nawaz Sharif’s return will open the way for development and progress for Pakistan.
He said, “When India tested nuclear weapons, Nawaz Sharif responded by testing a nuclear bomb the next day. India has now reached the moon. Had Nawaz Sharif been around, Pakistan would have done the same.”
Muhammad Nisar of Kohat expressed hope that Nawaz Sharif will control inflation in the country.
Political analyst Hafizullah Niazi said Nawaz Sharif’s speech and body language during the rally have also quieted whispers about infighting within the PML-N, especially between his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Shahbaz. The alleged rift between them regarding leadership succession has ended.
Niazi says, “Nawaz Sharif handled this delicately by keeping his brother and nephew at the forefront of the entire rally. This sent a message of unity; it would strengthen the party from within and improve its prospects in the upcoming elections.”
This post originally appeared on www.bbc.com