We will declare our victory on December 13 in Lahore rally, says PML-N vice president,
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has said that the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) will make “big decisions” on Tuesday — the day the leadership of the 11-party alliance will meet to review all possible options including resignations from the assemblies.
“The masses have won this war [against the government]. We’re going to make big decisions on December 8 and we will declare our victory on December 13 in Lahore [during the rally],” she said while addressing the party’s social media convention in Lahore on Sunday.
Maryam said that poverty and inflation would only stop when the current oppressive government is sent packing. “The rulers are afraid of the Lahore rally. I have told the workers that you will be arrested but they should not buckle under pressure and instead embrace it.”
The statement comes at a time when a senior PML-N leader told that the final and only workable option left with the PDM to advance their objective of overthrowing the incumbent government is to resign from the assemblies en masse, ruling out the possibility of a much talked about PTI-style long march – referring to the Imran Khan-led 126-day dharna in 2014.
However, the PDM has not made an official statement about the option of holding the long march yet.
The leader, requesting anonymity, said that after the resignations, the assemblies would become defunct and lose their legitimacy locally as well as globally, which will create a crisis-like situation in the country, forcing the government to resign.
Earlier, PML-N supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing the convention, said that he is being targeted because he is exposing the names of those “undemocratic forces” who always play the games behind the curtains and steal the mandate of people.
“Is exposing the elements who steal your mandate treason? Is exposing those who steal your money and get rich in the United States treason?” he asked the participants through video link from London where he is seeking medical treatment.
Talking about the rising prices of commodities, Nawaz Sharif said that he is unable to understand how the people who earn Rs20,000, Rs30,000 or even Rs50,000 managing to live. “I am unable to understand how do they feed their families and pay rent of their houses.”
The PML-N supremo congratulated the social media workers for fighting “5th-generation war” with the current regime. “You are playing an important part in informing the youth about the politics of the country.”
He lamented the ban placed on him by the government, saying that the thinking of the people cannot be restricted in this day and age due to social media. “Now, we have a strong and easy to access medium to connect with the masses,” he said and added that the government is trying to limit the social media as well but we will not let that happen.
“If you are with us then surely we will be able to get the respect the mandate of the people deserves,” he further said.