Saudi crown prince signed aid package with us: Nawaz Sharif

If we were in power, people would be travelling in Orange Train, the former prime minister said

Amin Hafeez
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: AFP

LAHORE: Deposed chairman and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said agreements were done with Saudi Arabia during PML-N’s tenure and that the crown prince had signed aid package with him.

Speaking to party leaders at Kot Lakhpat prison, Nawaz said motorways and health cards were all PML-N's plans. “The current government is relaunching our projects and is trying to take credit for it,” he said.

The PML-N leader further said trade talks with Saudi Arabia were finalised during his tenure. "The Saudi crown prince finalised aid package with me. It takes time to settle international matters,” Nawaz added.

“If we were in power, people would be travelling in Orange Train. We left the Lahore-Multan motorway almost complete for them and they could not even finish that. They could not even complete the Lahore-Multan interchange,” the former prime minister added.

“There was a web of highways laid down in our tenure in Balochistan. They can take the credit for our plans but they should open them for the public,” Nawaz said.

About the cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Shehbaz Sharif, the older Sharif said, they [NAB] are being humiliated for the cases. He added, NAB made cases against development projects in Punjab but did nothing against the people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Shehbaz made numerous power plans, while KP could not even made one,” Nawaz added.

Criticizing former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Nawaz said, Musharraf, made NAB’s law keeping him in focus. He admitted that in the beginning, they had no idea that NAB’s law would be this dangerous.

Responding to a question about his health, the PML-N leader said, the government has made four boards regarding his health and all the boards confirmed about my heart condition. 

In response to another question about whether he should go home or to the hospital from prison, Nawaz said, “Who wants to go to a hospital? When I saw the weather in the morning I wanted to go to Malam Jabba,” he shared.