PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addressed a social media workers convention in Lahore on Saturday during which she said Pakistan Democratic Movement is due to make big decisions and urged party workers to not fall under any “pressure”.
Urging them to remain steadfast, she said the party workers must embrace any cases registered against them by the government.
Maryam said the people must know “how fearful the government is” of the Opposition. She said that “the most that the government can do” is register cases.
“You must take these charge sheets, string them together and wear them proudly like a garland,” she told party workers, as she lamented that as many as “3,000 first information reports (FIRs)” are filed after every rally held by the Opposition.
Her remarks came ahead of a rally planned by the Pakistan Democratic Movement at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan monument on December 13. Although Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the 11-party Opposition alliance will not be prevented from holding the rally, he vowed that cases will be registered against all organisers and facilitators of the rally as large gatherings are a violation of coronavirus safety protocols.
PDM’s next moves
Maryam said that the PDM is about to make big decisions, hinting at resignations or possibly a long march, ahead of a meeting between alliance members on December 8.
“The people of Pakistan have won this war. Victory only remains to be declared in the rally on the 13th,” she said.
She asked elected representatives, meanwhile, to not fall under any sort of “pressure”.
‘Imran Khan must be called by his new name’
Taking aim at the government, she said that with a single roti (piece of bread) costing Rs30, a family of 8-10 people have no hope of making ends meet.
She said PM Imran Khan used to claim that the “green passport will be respected across the world” but now flights from Pakistan have been banned.
“Is there anyone who can ask him what became of the claims he made?” she inquired.
Speaking of the delay in LNG procurement, which ultimately led to high gas prices, she said “the prime minister’s friends who run his kitchen were benefited”.
“People hardly have any supply of gas in their homes, but they get unbelievably high bills,” she followed by saying, adding that owing to the government’s “mismanagement”, a loss of Rs122bn had been incurred.
She dared the “fake and cowardly” prime minister to come and mingle with the people for two minutes.
The PML-N vice president said that Pakistan’s GDP has turned negative, “hundreds of thousands” have become unemployed, medicines are prohibitively expensive, the “wheel of progress has begun to spin in the opposite direction”, European countries have banned Pakistani flights, people have been robbed of wheat, sugar, flour, but no one is bothered, and there is no legal action, “all because he is viewed as taabedaar (servile)”.
“We must now call Imran Khan by his new name — Taabedaar Khan,” she said.
Tribute to social media teams
Maryam spoke at length about how the party’s popularity and reach has been propelled by the social media teams and thanked them for their dedication.
“Thanks to our social media team, Nawaz Sharif’s voice has reached across the country today,” Maryam said, as she paid tribute to teams from across the provinces.
She thanked social media workers for “continuing to carry forward Nawaz Sharif’s narrative”.