Opposition parties on Friday ramped up the pressure against the ruling PML-N and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, demanding the premier’s resignation with one voice and protesting yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate in Parliament.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PPP and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) each held press conferences following a meeting of opposition parties in Islamabad.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan himself snubbed the huddle, heading over instead to the National Assembly (NA) where he announced his party’s intent to hold a rally in the capital next week demanding the PM’s resignation for the duration of the probe into the Sharif family’s business dealings abroad.
Following the spate of critical opposition speeches, the PML-N appeared to be on the back foot as party leader Daniyal Aziz lashed out at opposition parties, saying that Maryam Nawaz’s name had been cleared by the court in the Panamagate case.
Aziz also set his sights on Imran Khan, asking the PTI chief to issue a public denial that he hid his assets and engaged in tax evasion.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb called for caution in the aftermath of the verdict, saying agitation must be halted “otherwise incidents like Mardan and Sialkot will continue to happen”.