With first wicket down, PDM vows to oust PM


ISLAMABAD: In its tit-for-tat power show, held just a day after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf held a large public meeting in the civil capital, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Monday renewed its pledge to trip the Imran government, noting that his first gate — that of the Punjab chief minister — had formerly fallen.

The opposition show of power along the Srinagar Highway was addressed by PML-N vice chairman Maryam Nawaz and leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and other leaders after their caravan, which had set off from Lahore on March 26, arrived two days latterly in Islamabad’s Sector H-9 where Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) sympathizers had set up camp.

The actors decided to remain at the same venue until the day of advancing on the opposition’s no- trust stir against Prime Minister Imran Khan, despite warnings from the innards minister against turning the opposition rally into a prolonged sit- heft.

Addressing the crowd, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said PM Khan was using the‘ religious card’to save his governance. She said the high minister had offered his main pillar in Punjab — Chief Minister Usman Buzdar — in order to save his own skin.

“ You pushed your most secure man (Buzdar) into the water to save your own rule. We haven’t seen such an ungrateful man in our whole lives. He also offered PTI leader Jehangir Tarin,” she reminded the crowd.

About the letter that the PM had brandished the former night, the PML-N leader said he’d shown a fake letter, which indeed the innards minister was ignorant of.

Ms Nawaz said the time had come to give final drive to the high minister, saying that no one would come to his deliverance.

She said PM Khan had formerly lost people’s confidence, which was also indicated by the ruling party’s defeat in 15 out of 16 by- choices in recent months. “ Moment he has also lost confidence of the congress and his own party,” she added.

Ms Nawaz said the high minister had no right to sit in the PM House and to decide to fate of the country.

“ I challenge you to have 172 MNAs with you on the voting day on no- trust stir,” she added.

Speaking on the occasion, Hamza Shehbaz said Mr Khan’s days in government were numbered, adding that he was yet to give answers about the backing he and his party had entered from abroad.

Still, we will apologise to the nation and will go home, “ If we had taken effects and commissions in the government contracts. But we haven’t committed plutocrat laundering. Now you have to answer about illegal foreign backing,” he added.

“ I want to say to my nation that politics and life will move on but if the crippling frugality is hit by another jolt, the nuclear programme of the country might also beaffected.However, Allah will ask us what you have done to give relief to the poor who were worst affected by Imran’s defective programs,” he added, If we don’t throw Imran out moment.

PPP leader Nayyar Bukhari said the Supreme Court had easily said whatever its decision on the government’s reference, it’ll not affect the opposition’s no- trust stir.

He claimed that under the Constitution, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was supposed to submit his abdication to the Punjab governor, not the high minister.

Prominent among others who were present on the occasion were JUI-F principal Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Mian Iftikhar, Aftab Sherpao, Mehmood Achakzai etc.

Addressing the crowd, Mr Iftikhar said the opposition would continue its struggle till the junking of the high minister. He said insurrection and terrorism were again rising in the country due to lack of perpetration of the National Action Plan (NAP). Still, “ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan will face another surge of lemon blasts in the days to come,” he stressed, If the situation didn’t change.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai said will the opposition leadership would be suitable to put the country back on right track after Imran Khan’s oister.

He said a high position meeting should be called, which should be attended by represenatatives of the bar, army, media and other stakeholders, who’ll covenant that all institutions will work under their own sphere.

He also called on PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif not to accept premiership of a country that had “ no rule of law”.

The JUI-F security force, Ansarul Islam, was seen at the venue of the public meeting while heavy contingents of police were present on the trace. Interestingly, the original administration of Islamabad hadn’t given any authorization to the organisers for a sit- heft.

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