Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz has urged the country’s “honourable institutions” to stop ‘backing’ Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to avoid conflict with the masses.
“People of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab have grievances with you [institutions] so please stop supporting the incompetent prime minister because you are representatives of the people and not of the prime minister,” she said while addressing a protest rally in Quetta on Thursday.
Opposition parties are marking the first anniversary of the 2018 general elections as ‘Youm-e-Siah’ — ‘black day’ — by holding rallies across Pakistan.
She warned the institutions not to confront with the masses for the sake of an “incompetent” prime minister, adding that the country could never prosper unless the true representatives of the people came into power.
During her address to the heavily-charged crowd in Balochistan’s capital city, PML-N supporters chanted slogans ‘Vote ko Izzat do’ [respect the sanctity of the vote].
She asked the people of Balochistan to support other provinces in removing the incumbent government. The daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif said her party was marking ‘Youm-e-Siyah’ as on the day the mandate of the people was stolen and humiliated.
Maryam said the country was facing the worst ever economic crisis because the sanctity of the vote was not upheld, adding that her father in 2013 honoured the public decision in Balochistan and K-P, and did not interfere in government formation.
She reiterated her demand to declare Sharif’s conviction null and void as “judge [Arshad Malik] has confessed he convicted him on false charges”.