LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Saturday heavily criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan-led federal government over the record hike in petrol prices as she prepared to share “important information” with people at PDM’s Faisalabad rally.
Maryam Nawaz is on her way to the venue of a Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Faisalabad’s Dhobi Ghat ground later today. Several opposition leaders are expected to address the rally.
I am on my way. https://t.co/TdrVCPpqxu
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 16, 2021
The PML-N’s official spokesperson did not confirm the participation PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif while former PML-N MPA Rao Kashif Raheem claimed that Shehbaz was not due to address the rally.
Talking to journalists, Maryam Nawaz termed the decision of taking petrol prices to the record high as a “cruelty with the nation”. “Not everybody has friends in Pandora Box who feed you,” she jibed at the government leaders.
“Where will people find the money to pay their electricity and gas bills?” she asked.
Reacting to the dengue outbreak, she said the loss of lives in Punjab was not because of the dengue outbreak. “Instead, it is because of the government’s incompetency,” she said, adding, “The government has zero interest in addressing the issues.”
Maryam said that earlier the government was fixated with taking “revenge” from the opposition and now it is focused on saving itself from the consequences of its “poor” policies. “I am in doubts now if the government can complete the tenure,” she added.
Talking about rally in Faisalabad tonight, Maryam Nawaz claimed that PDM’s narrative has proved successful as the ruling PTI now sees its future hang in the balance. “I want to share important information with the nation in my address,” she said.
Responding to a question, she said the PDM was perhaps not planning for a long march right now, adding that “this government is itself doing a long march against itself.”
Faisalabad’s rally will be followed by a meeting of the PDM’s heads in Islamabad on Oct 18 to take up the alliance’s agenda. The discussion was deferred on Monday in the wake of the recent deaths of nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, former Azad Kashmir prime minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan and PML-N MNA Pervez Malik.