LAHORE – Former Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Afzal Sahi and his brother and former MNA Col (r) Ghulam Rasool have quit the PML-Q and joined the PML-N after meeting the PML-N President Nawaz Sharif at Raiwind on Friday.

They have reposed full confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif while describing him the only leader capable of steering the country out of the crisis. They said people were looking at Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N for an economically strong and prosper Pakistan.

“PML-N is all set to emerge as the frontline party to form the government after winning the next elections,” they said. Nawaz Sharif welcomed them in the part and said his party would benefit from the experiences and the political vision of Afzal Sahi and Col (r) Ghulam Rasool.

Afzal Sahi and his brother hail from Faisalabad. Sahi is a veteran politician who was five times elected to the Punjab Assembly seat sine 1990 on Muslim League ticket. After 2002 election he was elected MPA on PML-Q ticket and performed as Punjab Assembly speaker until April 4, 2008.  Col (r) Ghulam Rasool was elected MNA in 2002 election. He had also served as Vice President of the PML-Q.

Aslo, Nawaz Sharif said adoption of resolution by UN on according status of observer state to Palestine with overwhelming majority was significant move forward towards independence of people of Palestine.

In his message PML-N President congratulated people of Palestine and said that the observer status was a vital step toward independence of Palestine.  The people of Pakistan take great pride in their support to the struggle of Palestinians for an independent homeland and the same has been a permanent and fundamental feature of the PML-N policies, he said.

“Palestinians have suffered untold tribulations and rendered unprecedented sacrifices during the last six decades for the cause of freedom and now it the international community owes a great responsibility towards ensuring implementation of UN Security Council resolutions for the establishment of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine so that the Palestinians who are being subjected to endless atrocities since long, could live a dignified life,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif expressed shock and distress at the death of the former Indian Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. Nawaz Sharif said Gujral was an outstanding political leader, an accomplished diplomat and a man of letters.

He recalled that he had found Gujral well-disposed towards Pakistan and was happy to have established warm and friendly relations with him. He conveyed his deep condolences to the people and Government of India, as well as to the family of the late Prime Minister, on the loss of a great humanist.