LAHORE: Federal Minister of Railways Sheikh Rasheed lashed out at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, hinting that the PML-N may be banned because its leaders continue to “speak the language of the enemy”.
“Your political funeral will come from London. Your politics will not develop in Pakistan now,” said the federal minister, speaking at a press conference in Lahore on Saturday.
He said that if the PML-N continues to “speak the language of the enemy” then it should be banned. “I can’t get it out [a notification to ban the PML-N], Nawaz has strangled his own politics. He is a student at the Zia-ul-Haq academy, which is a product of GHQ gate number 4. He has never been a student leader before, ”said Rasheed.
Secret meeting in Istanbul
The railway minister said he was aware of the secret meeting between Nawaz Sharif and other figures that took place at the Istanbul Renaissance Hotel, but refrained from revealing more.
“Nawaz Sharif, I know about the meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Istanbul [that took place] at 11:20 am, “he said, placing a finger to his lips.” I’m not allowed to talk about that. And I have forbidden myself to talk about it. “
The railway minister challenged PML-N to step down from the assembly if it was serious about campaigning against the government. “Give up your resignation. You will know where you stand,” he said.
Rasheed said Nawaz was playing a dangerous game against the Pakistani Army, criticizing the former prime minister for drawing an international line of power by tarnishing the image of the armed forces.
“Do they think the government left because of jalsas?” asked Sheikh Rashid. “If their jalsa is compared to the 1986 Benazir jalsa and the Lahore Imran Khan jalsa, then this is a failed and incomplete jalsa,” he said.
Commenting on the Opposition’s Gujranwala jalsa, the minister said he had stopped judging political rallies by numbers. “I am judging the jalsas of their current engagement,” he said, refusing to comment further on the matter.
Rasheed criticized the PML-N supremo, saying that the former prime minister’s party had also voted for an extension of military commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa earlier this year.
He said that the only reason the 11 Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) parties were formed was so that Maryam Nawaz could agree to a compromise with the government and fly abroad.
Speaking about former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, Rasheed said the prime minister’s aide Shahzad Akbar would know more about whom the PML-N president was meeting with.
In response to a question, the chairman of the Awami Muslim League (AML) challenged Nawaz to return to the country and then mobilized his workers to fight the government. He said that PML-N supremo should be brought back to the country to face cases against him in court.
PDM power show
The leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last night, during a show of power in Gujranwala, warned PM Imran Khan that his days in government are numbered.
Speaking at a gathering of thousands of people at the venue, Maryam Nawaz said she was fighting for businesses that had been destroyed during the current government’s tenure and the journalists who were silenced.
“People [journalists] who stood by the truth were fired from their jobs, “he said.” I have come to present the Lady Health Workers case as well before you, who are languishing on the streets of Islamabad. “
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also took the stage to denounce PM Imran Khan and his government, saying that cricket-turned-politicians have no solution to the problems of the poor.
“Imran’s solution to inflation is Tiger Force,” he said. “The solution for locusts is the Tiger Squad. The solution for COVID-19 is the Tiger Squad,” Bilawal added, mocking the prime minister’s volunteer force. “This is the solution he has for your problem.”
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that the civilian government and military leadership are on the same page, Bilawal has said that “the electorate and the elected” must come on the Opposition’s page otherwise they have to leave.