ISLAMABAD: Instead of “wasting the nation’s time” and issuing “hollow threats,” Minister of Information Senator Shibli Faraz asked the PML-N leadership to take realistic action and resign from the legislature.
The opposition has lost its steam after its flop show at Minar-e-Pakistan. After a long march, their announcement to hold an inflation march is a demonstration of their diminishing and withdrawing policy.
In a series of posts on the famous micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday, the information minister said, “The PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] has nothing left to do or say.”
After organising six rallies in all four provinces, the PDM, an 11-party opposition coalition established in September with the avowed goal of dislodging the PTI-led federal government, recently completed the first phase of its anti-government drive.
The PDM declared that by December 31, all members from the opposition parties would send their resignations from the seats of the assembly to their respective party leadership. It also set a time limit for the government to back down by 31 January.
In an earlier tweet, the minister announced an amalgamation of self-serving parties with diverse directions, ambitions and reasons for the opposition coalition. “This incongruous gathering will be publicly exposed,” he said.
Shibli said that the people [JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman] who were planning to launch an anti-government campaign are now themselves facing a movement, referring to the internal split that has arisen in the JUI-F, one of the main parties in the PDM.
“[JUI-F senior leaders] Maulana Sherani and Hafiz Hussain Ahmed’s statements testify to this.”
Sherani criticised his own party chief in speaking to the media on 22 Dec, claiming that Fazl is himself a “selected” leader and that the PDM is a “unnatural alliance” that will eventually split up because it has no agenda.
Sherani, also a former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), said, “My profound and principled discrepancy with him [Fazl] is [that he is] lying.
Shibli Faraz said in another tweet that people who choose personal interests over the national interest will earn nothing but shame.
From the turbulent politics of confused opposition, nothing new will come. May God grant the opportunity to see the people and their problems to opposition instead of simply seeking power, he added.
Talking to a private news channel, Shibli said that at the behest of the PDM groups, the PPP, which governs Sindh province, will never resign. “Political parties in the PDM have differences of opinion on the issue of resigning from parliament,” he said.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also proclaimed the founder of corruption in Pakistan by the Minister. The former PML-N and PPP governments named persons to important positions without merit being observed. They are accountable for hurting national organisations.
The leaders of the opposition, he said, in Pakistan promoted political dynasties. He, however, reported that there was no corruption controversy involving the PTI administration.