LAHORE - Minister for Railways Khawaja Saaad Rafique, while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Bab-e-Pakistan monument in the city on Sunday, said Pakistan is not a completely independent country.

Saad said the country will not prosper if institutions have clashes among them. “We will have to unite on a single national agenda.”

The minister said that general election 2018 would bring about another victory of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif. He said that voters’ decision should be respected and no curbs should be imposed on politics.

He said that let the people decide their fate through their vote with holding the next election on time.

After winning the next election, the PML-N would complete its incomplete tasks and turn the country into a true democratic and Constitutional State, he added.

Saad said that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif was now more threatening for his enemies while sitting at Jati Umra than he was at the Prime Minister House.

A politician always remained politician, he added. He said that conspiracies, lies and allegations could not dampen the PML-N’s popularity.

Today’s huge gathering proved it, which also showed people’s love for the party and its leader Nawaz Sharif, he said.

It also demonstrated that the people could not be deceived, he added.

He asked the Opposition parties as to what they had done in the provinces where they had been in government for the past over four years.

One party had turned the Sindh province into a desert, while the other had dug out Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the name of Metro Bus, he added.

“You may file petitions, but Shehbaz will surely run the Metro train,” he added.

The Minister said that in their view justice was not done to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and that was why the PML-N was demanding justice. They would continue speaking the truth, he added.

He said that PML-N did not want confrontation with anyone as anarchy would damage the country. He urged the political parties to avoid doing politics of confrontation.

Saad said that the PML-N was defender of the country’s ideology. It was custodian of law and Constitution and with it at the helm of affairs, the country would make progress, he added.

Talking about the Bab-e-Pakistan premises, he said that it was once used as a camp for the migrants at the time of creation of Pakistan.

The project would be constructed at 117 acres of land costing Rs 4 billion, he added.

“Credit for the project goes to Nawaz Sharif, who had supported the then Punjab Chief Minister Ghulam Haider Wyne to initiate it,” he said.