ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, the newly established coalition of opposition parties against the government, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), was criticised by Prime Minister Imran Khan and many key federal ministers for allegedly playing with the lives of ordinary citizens by defying a government ban on their public meeting in Peshawar in the midst of the second coronavirus wave.
The prime minister accused the opposition parties of playing irresponsible politics with people’s welfare, claiming the opposition had favoured a tougher shutdown earlier, but as Covid-19 cases were on the increase, they were now defying court orders and staging a rally.
“The same PDM mbrs [members] who wanted a strict lockdown and criticised me earlier now playing reckless politics with the safety of people,” the premier tweeted, “when cases are rising dramatically, they are even defying court orders and holding a jalsa.”
The same PDM mbrs who had wanted a strict lockdown and criticised me earlier now playing reckless politics with people's safety. They are even defying court orders & holding a jalsa when cases are rising dramatically. https://t.co/nc9KAN0Ihg
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 21, 2020
In response to a tweet by Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives, PM Imran’s tweet reported that the Covid-19 positivity ratio was 13.39 percent in Peshawar on Friday; a total of 202 patients were in critical condition and of those 50 were on low-flow oxygen, 134 on high-flow and 18 on ventilators.
Fourteen new vital patients arrived on Friday, said the planning minister, who also leads the National Control and Command Center (NCOC)-the nerve centre to synergize and communicate a coordinated national initiative against Covid-19 and enact the National Coordinating Committee’s decisions. “PDM response: on the stage we will be safe so that who cares about what happens to people,” Umar said.
Peshawar covid positivity ratio 13.39% yesterday. Patients in critical care: 202. Of these 50 on low flow oxygen, 134 on high flow and 18 on ventilators. 14 new critical patients just yesterday. PDM response : we will be safe on the stage so who cares what happens to citizens
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 21, 2020
Soon after the tweet of the prime minister and planning minister, several other ministers criticised PDM for announcing that rallies would take place across the nation as announced by PDM before the removal of the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
“The opposition’s mentality is risky. It is no joke to mess with people’s lives,’ tweeted Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.
While condolences came from every part of the world, including the prime minister, president and many ministers, the science minister did not hesitate to slam the religious political party for being a cause for the spread of coronavirus after the death of Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader Allama Khadim Rizvi.
“Also in making a time bomb for the whole of Lahore, Tehreek-e-Labbaik left no stone unturned and now PPP and PML-N will wreak havoc from Multan to Peshawar,” Chaudhry said.
اپوزیشن کا رویہ خطرناک ہے، لوگوں کی زندگی کے ساتھ کھیلنا مذاق نہیں تحریک لبیک نے بھی پورے لاہور کو کرونا کا ٹائم بم بنانے میں کوئ کثر نہیں چھوڑی اور اب پشاور سے ملتان پیپلز پارٹی اور نون لیگ حشر بپا کریں گی۔ https://t.co/lgA4mRldTc
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 21, 2020
“The Federal Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid tried to highlight the double standards of the opposition parties in his message to the nation by saying that “respect the vote but let the elector perish from the corona is our double standard [of opposition].
“They [opposition parties] don’t care if the country’s foundations are shaken by corona because their children and blood relatives are out of the country and the child of the poor is needed for sacrifice,” Rashid persisted.
قوم کے نام میرا پیغام
ووٹ کو عزت دو! لیکن ووٹر کو کرونا سے مرنے دو یہ ہے ہمارا دوہرا معیار
کرونا سے ملک کی بنیادیں ہل جائے انہیں کوئی فرق نہیں پڑتا کیونکہ ان کی اولادیں اور خونی رشتے دار ملک سے باہر ہیں اور غریب کا بچہ قربانی کے لیے انہیں درکار ہے.
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) November 21, 2020
Federal Minister of Media and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has threatened legal action against the opposition parties, alleging that the FIR would be lodged against the representatives of the opposition and the promoters of the protests for interfering with people’s lives.
“In his tweet, the government spokesman said The ultimate selfishness is playing with the welfare and lives of others for personal benefit. In the event of a rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa incidents, a FIR will be reported against the leaders of the opposition and the organisers of the rallies.
اپوزیشن غیر ذمہ داری کا ثبوت دینے پر تلی ہوئی ہے۔انکاجلسے منعقد کرنے پر بضد ہونا ان کی غیر جمہوری سوچ اور غیر ذمہ دارانہ رویے کا عکاس ہے۔عدالتی اور حکومتی احکامات کے بعد جلسے منعقد کرنے کا کوئی قانونی اور اخلاقی جواز نہیں بنتا۔
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) November 21, 2020