WARBURTON -

PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif has reiterated his pledge to end loadshedding in two years if their party is voted to power in centre, though he said he was not a supernatural being who can end power outages overnight.

Addressing a public rally in Warburton area of Nankana Sahib, he said the major issue of Pakistan was electricity. The former chief minister alleged that Imran Khan was blaming him for loadshedding but actually daily 700MW electricity of Punjab was going out of the Punjab.

Shahbaz appealed the nation not let the vote be divided on May 11 as vote for PTI chief Imran Khan would benefit People’s Party. He said speeches of Imran, President Asif Zardari and PML-Q leaders were similar in content, all of them targeting ‘the most popular party’. Addressing the meeting arranged by MPL-N candidates for MNA and MPA slots, Bilal Ahmad Virk and Kashif Rang Elahi Padhiar, he said that today “Teer” and "Balla" were riding on punctured "Cycle", alluding to an alleged secret collusion of PPP, PTI and PML-Q against the PML-N.

Criticising outgoing PPP government, he said that the electricity generating machinery of sixty million rupees kept corroding in Karachi for the last two years and people had been into ‘darkness’ while Zardari and Company looted the pilgrims and filled their pockets thorough corruption in rental power projects, PIA, Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills.

He said that millions of laptops and solar panels were distributed among youth purely on merit to boost education sector in Punjab. Small farmers were awarded 30,000 tractors to promote agriculture in the province, he added. At the end of the public meeting, Malik Javed Iqbal Wattoo, an independent candidate from PP-168 and Malik Yasir Wattoo, announced to join PML-N and support Bilal Ahmad Virk in the elections. Earlier when Shahbaz arrived, people gathered around his helicopter with placard, banners and pamphlets. They welcomed him with chants of "Sher aa gya, Sher aa gya". District management had disallowed a political gathering in open space, therefore, local political leadership arranged a corner meeting in a factory's boundary but it soon converted into a huge gathering.