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Nawaz’s voice echoing across country despite ban on speeches: Maryam

Nawaz’s voice echoing across country despite ban on speeches: Maryam

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday said that despite a ban on airing party supremo Nawaz Sharif's speeches in Pakistan, his voice and slogan of vote ko izzat do (respect the vote) is echoing through the country.

She was speaking to the media in Quetta, where she has arrived for the third rally of the opposition's 11-party alliance — Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) — tomorrow.

"The reality is that despite silencing him, Nawaz Sharif's is the sole voice that is echoing in Pakistan. He is the only political personality, who despite not being in this country, being ill and in London, is shining on the land and sky of the country," she said.

"There is only one face that the public can see, in which they are trying to find the solution for their problems and considering their messiah after Allah."

While speaking at the home of former provincial minister Jaffar Khan Mandokhail, who announced joining the PML-N, Maryam said it was the "best time" to join the party, adding that the 11 parties in the PDM had broken the "chains of fear" and tried to build a defence against "tyranny".

"This is the first time that the public has not only broken the chains and named those who have kept the nation in fear for 72 years but also called for their accountability," she said while paying tribute to the people.

Talking about Nawaz's narrative, Maryam said that he had made just a few speeches so far.

"His eye-opener speech was the one in Gujranwala. In that speech, he said a few things towards the end which some people should really fear.

"They should not fear the facts that Mian sahab mentioned. They should be afraid because when he said those things, the hundreds and thousands of workers listening inside [Jinnah Bagh] and outside, the way they reacted, the way they said labbaik — that is very fearful for some people," she said.

She added that the public reaction was not only giving proof of Pakistan's future but also showing the way to it. Nawaz Sharif only talked about the "state above the state" but the practical demonstration was seen less than two days later, she said.

"The way the IG (inspector general) was kidnapped, the way they attacked the hotel and my room. The people of Balochistan can understand what the mental condition of your opponent is when the rooms of the nation's daughters and sisters are broken into. They gave a practical demonstration of what a state above a state is."

Maryam also criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan who she said had "completely disappeared from Pakistani politics and government activities", citing this as an example of a “state above the state”.

The PML-N leader alleged that while Imran Khan had levelled allegations at opposition, he did not know what happened in the "Karachi incident" and who did it.

She said that the Sindh government not only knew everything but also timely exposed the plot. "The respected people of Sindh, who are represented by the Sindh Police, not only exposed the state above the state and an attack on the province but also defeated them. [The police officials] submitted their applications for leave and said we cannot work under these conditions."

Maryam said that the PML-N respected police officials even if the state did not. The people's mandate and decision should be respected under any condition, she stressed.

She claimed that the PTI government, even if it was "selected" would have lasted longer if it served the people “but it adopted tyranny”.

“People are cursing the government because it has stolen roti from them and made medicines so expensive,” she said.

Maryam also talked about the "kidnapping" of Geo News reporter Ali Imran, who she alleged was "picked up" because he aired footage of her husband retired Captain Mohammad Safdar's arrest from a Karachi hotel last week.

"What kind of justice is this? Till when will you pressure judges into becoming Arshad Malik, kidnapping journalists to get stories you want [and] interfering in politics?" she questioned.

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