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We have reservations but will respect PTI’s mandate: Hamza Shahbaz

PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz on Friday said that his party has reservations on the elections 2018 but that they will still respect Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s mandate for the sake of democracy.

“There was pre-poll rigging as our workers were arrested and booked for terrorism,” Hamza said at a press conference in Lahore. “Then on election day, our polling agents in DG Khan were beaten up. Also, surveys conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had shown that Punjab was ahead in health and education sectors. But we see today that polls results are different in Punjab.

“But despite all our reservations, we will respect PTI’s mandate. We want democracy to flourish in Pakistan. Even if democracy is flawed, it’s solution is more democracy, and then more democracy. The PML-N will play its role.”

Hamza recalled how his party had the chance to form the govt in KP in 2013 but his uncle, the former PM Nawaz Sharif, “respected the mandate given to the PTI.”

Hamza seemed confident that the PML-N would form the provincial government in Punjab. “In Punjab, PML-N has 129 seats, PTI has 118, while 27 are independent — who share our ideology. We have emerged as a force. We want to tell the people that we will give good news to them.”

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