Our Correspondent Faisalabad
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said on Saturday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s opponents had suffered exemplary defeat as she hit out at the PTI-led government for the hike in prices of utilities and petroleum products.
Addressing a rally of the Pakistan Democratic Movement at Faisalabad’s Dhobi Ghat ground, Maryam said in Nawaz’s tenure [as PM], sugar was Rs50 per kg, and now after three years, it had crossed Rs120 per kg while electricity prices had shot up from Rs10-11 per unit to Rs25 per unit.
“There was a man named Imran Khan, who used to say when flour becomes expensive, when sugar prices rise, when rates of electricity and petrol rise, know that your prime minister is a thief,” Maryam said.
“So who is the thief now?” she asked a charged crowd. Maryam also criticised the government for the dengue outbreak, particularly in Punjab.
“The entire world is facing coronavirus, but now because of their [government’s] incompetence, people are dying of dengue,” she said.
“There is no one here like Shehbaz Sharif who used to visit hospitals,” Maryam added.
Further criticising the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government, Maryam said it had failed to provide electricity to people during summer and gas during winter.
“This is where this government stands,” she added. “And then, Imran Khan used to call Nawaz Sharif a thief. But time has proved there’s not a man more honest than Nawaz Sharif or Shehbaz Sharif in Pakistan’s history.”
The PML-N vice president went on to allege that the PTI government had deliberately delayed the procurement of the liquefied natural gas and bought the commodity at a high price.
“This is why you have costly electricity and face load shedding today,” she said, addressing the crowd at the rally.