PML-N won’t bow to State pressure, vows Maryam Nawaz
Says PDM does not support secret voting in Senate polls but wants to expose govt’s double standards
Talking to newsmen outside Jati Umra before her departure for Daska, Maryam Nawaz said the PML-N is a fighter party and it will triumph in Senate elections. “The attempts to get loyalties changed should be stopped at once,” she added.
Maryam Nawaz said that people were witnessing that courts were being pressured to save ‘selected’ Prime Minister Imran Khan. She said it was not wise to support Imran Khan, who was being called names by people due to his ‘incompetence’ and ‘corruption’. “People are linking him with sugar and wheat mafias,” she claimed.
She said it was unfortunate that ‘historic’ efforts were made to break up the PML-N, but all in vain. “Never ever in the country’s history such efforts were made to crack any party. “The entire state machinery is being used against us, but we would not crumble,” she alleged.
Maryam claimed the reason why the party could not be broken up was that it had become an ideological party now.
Regarding the video of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly members selling their votes in lieu of hefty amounts, she said all characters in the video belonged to the PTI. “It was the PTI that filmed it and released it,” the PML-N vice-president said, and wondered who were they (the PTI) trying to befool through this video.
She said it was wrong to say that the PDM supported voting through secret ballot. “We did not support secret balloting. We only want to expose their (the government’s) double standards,” she clarified.
She opined that lawmakers sold their votes not only in exchange of money, but also when they were threatened with dire consequences on phone.
She also called for putting an end to using pressure tactics to change the loyalties of lawmakers.
She said she had respect for DG ISPR, spokesman for the army, who, she said, was a nice man. But at the same time, she said, facts were contrary to claims of impartiality. “The way Senate elections were stolen from PML-N; the way 2018 elections were rigged; the treatment meted out to Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Shaukat Siddiqui were enough to belie claims of impartiality,” Maryam added.
She said she and other opposition leaders were in favour of electoral reforms, but ruled out the possibility of sitting with PM Imran Khan for enacting laws.
She said ‘selectors’ choice backfired as Imran Khan failed to deliver goods since he turned out to be an ‘incompetent’.
She dispelled the impression that PML-N was making backdoor contacts with the country’s establishment. “We do not need backdoor contacts since we have no worries,” she clarified.