After talks with Maryam, Mengal says ‘we don’t want to eat pizzas’
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As BNP-M chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal visited Jati Umra on Tuesday afternoon to meet PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, the two sides discussed the overall political situation developing in the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
During the one-to-one meeting, Maryam and Mengal deliberated upon issues related to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and its future plan of action. The alarming increase in inflation and unemployment as well as the resultant discontent among the people were also on agenda.
Later, Mengal, replying to a question about making the demand of holding CPEC Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa accountable for a political deal, remarked, “We don’t want to eat pizza.”
Answering different questions about leaving the alliance formed with the PTI while talking to newsmen after holding talks with Maryam Nawaz, the seasoned nationalist leader said no progress was made on the six-point deal signed with the ruling party. “We were walking along with them, [but] they were just crawling. It was not our responsibility to carry them on our shoulders.”
Mengal, who was talking to media persons at Jati Umra, questioned whether any of the six demands tabled by his party was unconstitutional. If the six points were unconstitutional then what about the ruling party members who had inked the deal with his party, Mengal said.
When asked whether Prime Minister Imran Khan is powerless or failed to execute the deal, he replied, “It was easier than [constructing] Metro [Peshawar BRT].”
The BNP-chief recalled his National Assembly speech through which he had announced the decision to quit the ruling coalition at the Centre. He had stated on the floor of the House that the public mandate was stolen in the 2018 general elections, Mengal said.
Another reporter sought his attention towards the possibility of rolling back democracy as a result of the PDM’s politics, Mengal posed a question as a reply: “Is there democracy currently in the country?”
He stressed that neither there would have been any restrictions on media nor kidnapping of journalists if there was democracy in the country. “In case there is, it is ‘strange democracy’.”
About the reports that there are differences over the hard-line adopted by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Mengal said they were the original writers of the narrative.
بلوچستان نیشنل پارٹی (مینگل) کے سربراہ سردار اختر مینگل کی جاتی عمرا رائیونڈ آمد pic.twitter.com/Ff7yaGdHZp— PML(N) (@pmln_org) October 27, 2020
In another video clip, Mengal can be seen sitting with Maryam during the meeting.
بلوچستان نیشنل پارٹی (مینگل) کے سربراہ سردار اختر مینگل کی نائب صدر پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن مریم نواز شریف سے جاتی عمرا میں ملاقات pic.twitter.com/4neI27pig5— PML(N) (@pmln_org) October 27, 2020
Mengal’s decision to visit Lahore and meet Maryam is very important given the fact that the PML-N vice-president openly raised issued faced by the people of Balochistan at the PDM rally in Quetta on Sunday.
Her speech and gestures at the public meeting were welcomed by different circles which have been critical of the PML-N for ignoring the smaller provinces.