ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: On Sunday, government ministers said that leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) were criticising national institutions for saving their corrupt properties, but Prime Minister Imran Khan would never give them National Reconciliation Ordinance-type concessions.
Reacting to speeches made by opposition leaders at a public meeting to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, they said that the government was prepared to hold talks with the opposition, but attempts to march on Islamabad and topple the government would not succeed.
One of the ministers said that the government was prepared to hold discussions with the opposition and that talks could be held in parliament on all important matters, but Prime Minister Khan would never offer an NGO-style concession to him (the opposition).
In response to the threat from PDM leaders that the long march on Islamabad would be staged if the prime minister did not back down, the ministers said the opposition would not overthrow the government.
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“Opposition leaders have proved by bashing state institutions that they can go to any extent to save their looted wealth, but they can’t blackmail Prime Minister Imran Khan,” said Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz.
He said they would never come to power again, whatever leverage the opposition parties exerted on Mr. Khan for their greed for power.
“They are free to organise a long march to Islamabad, but they will fail,” said the minister.
Mr. Faraz believed that the resignations of PPP lawmakers would not be tendered and the PML-N would be misled on the issue.
“The minister said, “Maryam will not receive resignations from PPP lawmakers.
“He said the PDM wanted to remove an elected and democratic government by un-democratic means, but he said, “disappointment is going to be your (opposition’s) destiny.
The minister said former prime ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto’s souls will now be in agony as the worst critics of their ideology sat in Larkana’s home.
He said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had acted as a facilitator for former Prime Minister Z.A.’s hanging. Bhutto.-Bhutto.
“Those who in the past criticised each other and announced that they were dragging each other on the roads of Lahore and Larkana have now become guests of each other,” Mr. Faraz said.
Speaker Firdous Ashiq Awan of the Punjab government also attacked the speeches of PDM leaders and said their proposed long march was doomed to fail.
Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry asked Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to clarify the policy by which they will do what their parents struggled to do in the country during their three-decade reign.
Mr Chaudhry, speaking at a press conference here, said the three major political parties of the PDM revolved around three families and personalities. How come these political parties, which within their party systems are essentially dictatorial, talk to other people about freedom and democratic ideals,” he said.”
He said PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz decided to become the nation’s prime minister without even working for a single day or running the kitchen at her house. Ms. Maryam, he claimed, lived a life of privilege with her father’s public wealth stolen.
“Mr Chaudhry said, adding that some decisions must be taken on merit, “Pakistan’s Prime Ministership should not be an internship for any ‘Ladla’ or ‘Ladli’.
The minister claimed that by agreeing to hold talks on national issues in parliament, Prime Minister Khan had offered the opposition a safe passage out of its tough time, but had preferred a confrontational mode.
“Now, the opposition parties, especially their serious leadership, should come forward to seize the opportunity for national dialogue,” Mr. Chaudhry said, adding that the two children who play the lead role in the opposition know little about politics and have no future in the politics of the country.
The opposition is in the state of confrontation with the government and wished to speak to the army and the administration at the same time,” he said, adding that the progress of the country was discussed and debated in parliament instead of roads and streets.”