LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz has launched the ‘Sher Jawan campaign’ in the party’s bid to restore the faith of its young workers in democracy and to bring about a positive change in the country.
“The campaign aims to make the youth understand the Constitution, restore their faith in democracy, and warn them against the hybrid government,” she said while addressing the launching ceremony today (Sunday).
Talking about the campaign, she said that it aimed at providing the youth with political awareness. “Sher Jawan is a campaign to remind the youth about the reason behind Pakistan’s creation,” she added.
Referring to the world ‘slavery’, Maryam said that it takes away the right to speak, force people to bow down before the powerful, induce fear in people, and restrict them from asking for their rights.
“People are given their rights as if it is a charity and even those are provided after the powerful approve,” she said, adding that people were sent to jails when they demand their rights — this is slavery.
Quoting Karachi incident, the PML-N vice president said, “Slavery is when the inspector-general of a province is abducted in Karachi and forced to sign the orders of (retired) Captain Safdar’s arrest.”
Slamming the authorities, she asked, “Are policemen lesser creatures? Are they not human beings?” She further said that the ideals that led to Pakistan’s creation were still not being followed.
Speaking about the students of Balochistan, whose scholarships have been canceled, she said, “Six hundred children held a long march for over 10 days but the incompetent government did not even bother to inquire about their problem.”
Maryam also said that the Constitution was the book that contained the rights of the people. “It mentions what should and should not take place in Pakistan, what is right and what isn’t,” she added.
Urging the audience to read the Constitution, she said that even if a single demand of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif went against it, then people should not support him.
“Nawaz Sharif talks about upholding the Constitution and the oath taken by army officers,” she said, adding that one should not cast blame on the uniform,” she concluded.