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Nawaz lambastes Imran for becoming a ‘stooge’

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday criticised Imran Khan saying the PTI chairman was also “sold” and his party members formed queues to vote for Peoples Party in the Senate election.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was addressing a public gathering in Sahiwal. He said voting for others was tantamount to formation of a “government of stooges.”
“Imran has become a stooge,” Nawaz told the participants. “They all have a secret understanding. Imran voted for arrow [PPP’s electoral symbol].”
He said that Zardari would not oppose Imran and vice versa. “Have some shame, why do you think people of being fools?”
Earlier, Maryam Nawaz said that Imran Khan plays the role of a ‘guest actor’ in each election held in the country. 
Addressing the participants of the rally, she said it marked the start of what party officials claim is its ‘public mobilisation drive’.
 “When Imran’s party in elections ends, he is nowhere to be found then,” she said, adding that the PTI chief will ‘disappear’ after the upcoming general elections. 
“It is only Imran’s fate to be used as a pawn” she said.  
The PML-N supremo is expected to address the gathering later today at the Sheikh Zafar Ali Stadium. 
Strict security arrangements are in place at the venue, with 1,145 police personnel deployed for security duties, according to the district police officer. 
Nawaz, following his disqualification from Parliament in July last year on corruption charges, which he contests, has been holding rallies across the country urging  ‘sanctity of the vote’.
Speaking at a party event yesterday, he vowed not to bow down to the machinations against him, but to fight them.
Criticising the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Nawaz said, “Imran Khan, stop with your duplicity and spreading lies. This is not how a new Pakistan will be formed.”
He asked Imran what his party had done for public welfare in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), where the PTI had been in power.
The former premier asked the PTI chief not to compare KP with Punjab.