Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has on Thursday asked the government why it “changed its strategy” if it is unaffected by the PDM rallies.
While addressing a press conference in Lahore, Maryam Nawaz said, “If you are not affected by PDM jalsas, as you say, then why is there an emergency to hold elections — and this has never happened in Pakistan’s history.”
“Even if the government holds early Senate elections, it “cannot save itself”, and it “will be going home,” added the PML-N leader.
She further blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for “destroying” national institutions by dragging them into politics for his own interests.
“You became a self-proclaimed FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) chairman, you became a self-proclaimed FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) chairman, and now you want to become the chairman of the election commission,” Maryam said.
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Referring to the PTI government, she added, “They have understood that they have limited days in office […] Despite your tactics, you will have to go home.”
Maryam said that the prime minister was making the Supreme Court “controversial” by involving it in the matter of introducing the “show of hands” method for Senate elections.
The PML-N leader said that she was not against “show of hands”; however, Maryam claimed that the motive behind the government’s move “was not transparent”.
“You forgot the show of hands method when the vote of no-confidence motion was moved against the Senate speaker. You used the state’s machinery to influence the vote.”
Moreover, commenting on PML-N’s internal matters, she said that the party has always remained united despite “testing and trying times” in the past. “There is no divide in the party although, PML-N is going through a tough phase.”
Maryam said that the PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif backs the PDM’s decision and that he was ready to submit his resignation. “The news circulating about (his meeting with Bilawal) is contrary to the fact.”