Maryam Nawaz addresses a public gathering in Sargodha, Punjab province, on Thursday night. Twitter photo
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has said that it was better to quit the government than burden people with more inflation, which was compounded by the previous Imran Khan-led government in the last four years.
She told a public rally in Sargoda district of Punjab province, that it was easy for Nawaz Sharif to "prostrate before the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and consent" to withdrawal of subsidies that would lead to another round of sharp inflation, but "he (Sharif) prefers to relinquish the charge rather than burden people with a further price hike."
"I am with you," she told her supporters. "I believe it's better to say goodbye to the government than bury the public under more inflation.”
Maryam asked the participants whether they would give her party a two-third majority to fix the problems faced by the country in the next five years. To this, they responded in the affirmative.
She said the government was being asked why it chose to come to power for "only a month or so." "We assumed the charge because Imran was prepared to rig the next elections as well. We toppled his government and failed his plan that he had made for the next 12 years. Imran Khan must realise that his game is now over.”
The PML-N leader also took exception to Imran Khan’s linking of chicken meat price hike to Hamza Shahbaz's poultry farms, saying "the prices of chicken actually surged when tonnes of chicken meat was burnt on the roof of his Banigala residence."
She accused him of biting the hand that fed him. She hailed the Supreme Court's setting aside of former deputy speaker Qasim Suri's ruling "a historic decision" and said that it "protected the Constitution". "Since that day, Khan has been running a campaign against the top court on social media and cursing them."
However, she said that now that the apex court has taken a suo motu notice, Imran was now heaping praise on the courts. She was referring to the notice taken by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial on the "perceived interference" by "persons in authority" in investigation and prosecution of criminal matters against government officials.
"I am thankful to the court for taking the notice against Shahbaz Sharif. But, one suo motu notice should also be taken on serious allegations levelled by ex-Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) head Bashir Memon.”
Maryam said that a couple of suo motu notices must also be taken against former accountability head Shehzad Akbar as well as the foreign funding case against the PTI that has been pending for seven years.
Commenting on Imran Khan's statement wherein he said families of army personnel would also attend his planned Islamabad march, she wondered if the invitation was issued so "they have to listen to his swearing against their chief."
Sharif has written to the Pakistan High Commission in London for the renewal of his diplomatic passport. Officials said the request letter from Sharif came just a day before the expiry of his diplomatic passport on Feb.16.
Giving out the verdict, the court told the chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to sell Sharif’s shares. Authorities may proceed with any auction that they do not receive an objection against.
On the occasion, Shahbaz said he and his family were being victimised for political reasons. "My political opponents are conspiring against me, and that is why fake cases have been registered against me.”
“I cannot blame the entire army for the lawlessness of a few individuals,” he said while addressing via video link to his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) latest power show in Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province on Friday.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Frontline Heroes Office, said we are rapidly approaching the figure of 25 million COVID vaccines administered.
Also, for the first time in the history of the weekly draw, 7 Emirati second prize winners have topped the list of 22 Arab winners representing Lebanon, Jordan Syria, Egypt, Oman and Yemen.
"The 1.5 billion euros ($1.5 billion) was brought to the table today. It's money that will be used in 2022, this year and next year," Danish Defence Minister Morten said during a news conference.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abdul Rahman Bin Qasmol, Acting Director of Wasit Comprehensive Police Station, honoured Ziyad Rashid Maydan in appreciation of his honesty and keenness to hand over a wallet containing official documents and a large sum of money, which he found in an area of Sharjah.