GUJRANWALA (News10) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Friday said that the people suffer when the sanctity of vote is breached.
Addressing the rally in Gujranwala on Friday, she asked who vowed to step down immediately resign when people demanded resignation.
The PML-N vice president said that the governments should be elected on the votes of people, adding that the people suffer when the sanctity of vote is breached.
She urged PM Imran to resign or “else people will throw you out”. “An elected representative is sacked over an Iqama, she added.
“I have come to you with the case of traders and labourers,” Maryam said and added the businesses across the country have closed due to rising inflation.
Lashing out at the government, Maryam Nawaz said that the government employees are sitting in the red zone for the past couple of days.
Earlier today before leaving for Gujranwala, Maryam Nawaz said that she has dedicated herself to the struggle of party supremo and former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif for the better future of Pakistan.
The PML-N leader took to social-networking website Twitter and posted, “I embark on this mission as your foot soldier Nawaz Sharif. I have dedicated myself to your struggle, your mission for Pakistan and its people.”
“May Allah be with us and may we return triumphant and victorious Insha’Allah. Pakistan Zindabad,” she added.
“We have come out for the supremacy of the law,” said Maryam Nawaz, the daughter and political heir of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, speaking from atop an SUV that was showered with rose petals as she left for Gujwanwala from nearby Lahore.
“Our struggle is against injustice, unemployment and all-time price hikes.”
Sharif s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the main opposition party.
Supporters of Pakistan opposition parties had converged on a stadium in the city of Gujwanwala to begin a countrywide protest campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last month to begin a nationwide agitation against the government.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of major opposition parties, has launched its anti-government campaign in Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala.
Political workers have gathered at the stadium for the first public meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement that wants to oust Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government in the centre.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PDM president and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman have arrived at the venue.
Leaders of all major opposition parties including the aforementioned are participating in today’s public gathering.
At least 7,000 policemen and officers have been deployed at the Jinnah Stadium for security reasons. The venue of the PDM’s public gathering has been decorated with flags and banners of all opposition parties.
On the other hand, police have also prepared a plan to stop the caravans going to attend the rally. More than 24 entry and exit points to the city have been cordoned off and more than 45 mobile police teams have continued their patrols across the district.
Opposition will liberate Pakistan: Ahsan Iqbal
Addressing the rally, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal on Friday termed the rule of Prime Minister Imran Khan as anti-people and said that they [opposition] would liberate Pakistan.
He said that they [government] is giving them certificates of treason.
The PML-N leader while reminding the people of long unannounced power outages across the country said that former prime minister and party supremo Nawaz Sharif was the only person who promised to get the country of the darkness. “The former prime minister fulfilled his promise and added 11,000 megawatt of electricity to the national grid in four years,” he added.
Taking a jibe at PM Imran Khan, Ahsan Iqbal went on to say that he is not a prime minister who is selected, a premier is he who rules the people s hearts.”
He further said the people of the country should become part of the anti-government movement to end “unprecedented inflation and bad governance”.
Opposition to send PM Imran packing: Kh Asif
Speaking on the occasion, (PML-N) senior leader Khawaja Asif said that it is a matter of just weeks that people would get rid of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.
The PML-N leader said opposition parties have formed the alliance to send Prime Minister Imran Khan packing.
Asif went on to say that former prime minister and party supremo Nawaz Sharif had addressed the jam-packed rally at the same venue eight years ago. He said he couldn’t reach the venue as the roads were blocked with the supporters of Nawaz Sharif.
He further said that the people would get rid of Imran Khan in few weeks, adding that we want to restore the dignity of the vote, there should be lights here, no one sleep hungry and the rule of law and constitution in the country.
Opposition’s combined narrative is ‘Vote ko izzat do’: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Former Prime Minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said at the rally that the majority of Pakistan’s votes are sitting on the stage and our combined narrative is ‘vote ko izzat do’.
He said that the country would develop only when the constitution is allowed to prevail. Today, the whole country is in a shambolic state and can only be saved through a free and fair election, he said.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that today, everyone longs for Nawaz Sharif; the entire Pakistan recognizes that if anyone can develop the country, it is former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He said the government would have to answer why essential commodities and electricity have become unbearably expensive for the masses. He said that today’s rally is a victory for democracy and the people of Pakistan.
Incompetent governments are being imposed on us: Maulana Fazlur Rehman
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that incompetent governments are being imposed on us. We have to think for the betterment of the country, he stated.
While addressing the people at Jamia Ashrafia, Maulana Fazl further said that anti-Islam forces are being promoted in the country.
LHC wraps up pleas against blocking roads to stop PDM s Gujranwala rally
Lahore High Court (LHC) has disposed of pleas against barricading main roads to stop Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) key rally in Gujranwala.
According to details, Punjab Advocate General Ahmed Awais appeared before the court and said that the opposition parties have been allowed to hold peaceful protest. No worker of the PDM has been arrested, he told.
Subsequently, the court has dismissed the matter on advocate general’s statement.
‘Gujranwala rally will be decisive referendum against incompetent, corrupt govt’
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PDM s Gujranwala rally will be a decisive referendum against the incompetent and corrupt government.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said blockades are being erected but lions of Nawaz Sharif are arriving in large numbers. She said, “The public meeting will be successful. Workers have been present at the venue since night.”
“Cases were lodged against us and we were threatened. The government blocked routes when it could not do anything. Shibli Faraz should start writing his resignation. The content of his resignation will also be provided by us.”
Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan claims opposition spent Rs1.03 billion on Gujranwala rally
Punjab government spokesman Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has claimed that the opposition parties have spent Rs1.03 billion on a rally scheduled to be held in Gujranwala today.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader said that the opposition parties have been allowed to hold protest while following strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent the covid-19 spread.
Coalition of opposition parties is like a ‘mixed pickle’. We can find those involved in nepotism, money laundering, fake telegraphic transfers, fake bank accounts and destroyers of country’s economy in these parties, he told.
Punjab govt makes agreement with PML-N public
The Punjab government has rejected PML-N statements regarding blockage of routes leading to PDM’s Gujranwala rally and made the agreement with the opposition public.
The agreement was signed by PML-N leaders Pervaiz Malik and Khawaja Imran Nazir. From management, the agreement was signed by Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mudassir Riaz and DIG Operations.
According to the document of concurrence, PML-N approved vice-president Maryam Nawaz’s rout from Jati Umrah to Batti Chowk via Adda Plot Interchange and it was decided that other routes will remain closed due to security reasons.
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat said in his statement that PML-N’s claim of blocking roads in Lahore is false.