LAHORE - PML-N celebrated the completion of one year of Nawaz Sharif's return to the country after seven years exile with the slogan "Wazir-e-Azam Nawaz Sharif" at a function held at Alhamra here on Tuesday. PML-N provincial and Lahore leadership headed by senior advisor to CM Punjab Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa and MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmed attended the function. A number of MNAs and MPAs including Khawja Saad Rafiq, Hamza Shahbaz, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Ch Abdul Ghafoor, Haji Abdul Manan, Inam Ullah Niazi, Bilal Yaseen besides PML-N additional secretary information Naeem Mir, Nasir Iqbal Khan, Labour Wing (UC-87) chairman Sheikh Sajjad Haider and president Samiuddin were present on the occasion. A large number of workers and local leaders also participated in the function. MSF students raised full-throated slogans while holding up party flags. Addressing the gathering, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa said that before and after the exile of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif remained a centre of attraction for the people of Pakistan. He said that with the return of Nawaz Sharif to the country an era of dictatorship met its miserable end. He said that it was pitiable that PML-N leadership sowed the seeds of democracy though sacrifices, but PPP-led government could not reap the benefit. He said Musharraf had announced repeatedly that the exile leadership could not come back. But on November 25, Nawaz returned with honour and prestige. As PPP-led govt had failed to pursue the mandate that were given to it on election day, eyes had been set on charismatic personality of Nawaz Sharif. Khawaja Saad Rafiq said 25th was a historic day and it would be commemorated always. He said, "It is matter of great concern that Musharraf trampled the constitution, muffled the voice of people, snatched the freedom of media and judiciary and sent the popular leadership into exile. He said the party had pledged to continue their struggle until restoration of independent judiciary. "We demand of the government to restore Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry along with other sacked judges immediately and to hang Musharraf for violating the constitution, killing innocent students of Jamia Hafsa and grave human rights violations," he maintained. Hamza Shahbaz said, "We have gathered to observe 25th November as a victory over dictatorship." He paid tribute to the PML-N workers who had courageously faced dictatorship. He said the PML-N workers attended public gatherings and rallies during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, and tolerated harsh imprisonments. He said peace and progress in the country would remain a dream without restoring Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and making the judiciary independent. He said that the country could not progress without strong institutions. He said president Asif Ali Zardari was strengthening the office of president, which was detrimental to the future of democracy. He said they had given the mandate for the supremacy of judiciary, rule of law, curtailing of US interference in Pakistan and to end illegal rule of President Pervez Musharraf. Mian Marghoob Ahmed blamed the PPP leadership for going back on its promises regarding restoration of judges. He deplored that the US had no respect for a resolution passed unanimously by the Parliament and was blatantly violating it through aerial attacks. Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said it was Nawaz Sharif who said no to the power corridors. He said Nawaz had refused to sign a blank paper on the instruction of a three star general on October 12, 1999. He said PML-N had withdrawn its federal ministers and decided to sit on opposition benches only because the PPP had not fulfilled its promises. He said the PML-N was determined not to destabilise the federal government just for the continuity of democracy in Pakistan. He said the PPP slain Chairperson Benazir Bhutto had pledged outside the residence of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that he was her CJ and she would hoist Pakistan's flag at his residence. Abdul Ghafoor deplored the PPP leadership had changed its stance for which its workers and leaders had struggled and offered sacrifices. He said that it was time that the entire nation should rise to defend the country's fundamental interests regarding nuclear capability and Kashmir, protect basic rights of the citizens and to restore supremacy of the Constitution and the Parliament.