Opp mulling in-house change, removal of Senate chairman, says Maryam


–PML-N VP says nation has pinned hopes on Opp to stop ‘anti-people’ budget

–Urges Opp to unite under one umbrella to hold the govt accountable

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz said on Wednesday that the opposition is considering an in-house change and the removal of Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and discussions have been held with various opposition parties in this regard.

Addressing reporters after visiting the residence of PML-N leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique, Maryam said that the government has changed the parliament into its ‘container’.

She said that the government of “incompetents” would fail to deliver regardless of the number of opposition leaders it continues to throw behind the bars.

Talking about the inclusion of country’s security institutions in the high-powered loan probe commission formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, she said that there was no need of doing so as all these institutions are already represented in the Economic Coordination Council (ECC) and National Security Committee (NSC). She added that the premier had no decision-making powers and is taking orders.

Talking about the Khawaja brothers, she said that Saad Rafique’s only crime was defeating the “selected prime minister” in the general election. She hoped that his bail application would soon be accepted.

“Saad’s incarceration and sham cases against him are nothing more than political victimisation. This is how those who win the public’s mandate are being treated by the government,” she said.

Speaking about the budget presented by the federal government, she said, “The people of Pakistan are looking at the opposition leaders to block the anti-people budget. Those who will give the vote for it will be a criminal in the courts of masses. It will not be easy for the government to pass the budget. The opposition should give a tough time and expose the government.”

She said that the budget has added to the miseries ditched out by the government ever since it came to power.

The PML-N VP said that she and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari have united for the sake of defeating the “anti-people” budget.

“Inflation and budget have increased the challenges and difficulties of a common man, those who would vote in favour of the budget will commit a crime against the people of Pakistan,” she stressed.

“The federal government is unveiling its incompetence with time. We wanted them to expose themselves, but now time has come that the opposition rejuvenates its ranks and goes out in full force against the government and its policies,” announced Maryam, adding that no matter who they jail, their incompetence will still come in the way of progress and results.

Taking a jibe at the prime minister, she said that no one can stop her from calling him (PM Imran), ‘a conspirator’. “This is a government of incompetents,” she added.

“If the government had come into power through unfair means then it is necessary to tell the truth to the well-informed public,” the PML-N VP said.

The PML-N leader said that interestingly the NAB has given a clean chit to Aleema Khan even after her admission. “NAB has turned a blind eye towards her and all of its focus is on the opposition,” she said.

“As a representative of young people, we have to resolve people’s problems. I will not be scared of threats,” she added, adding that the Sharif family will continue to speak against injustices.

Maryam urged the opposition to unite under an umbrella and go against the current set-up and its policies. “I urge them to give a tough time to the government and hold them accountable,” she concluded.