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Instead of “wasting the nation’s time” and making “hollow threats,” Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz has asked the PML-N leadership to take practical measures and hand in resignation from the legislature.
“After its flop show at the Minar-e-Pakistan, the opposition has lost its steam. Their announcement to hold an inflation march after a long march is a manifestation of their shrinking and retreating agenda.
“The PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] has nothing left to do or say,” the information minister said in a series of posts on popular micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday.
After holding six rallies in all four provinces, the PDM, an 11-party opposition alliance established in September with the ardent goal of dislodging the PTI-led federal government, recently ended the first phase of its anti-government campaign.
The PDM declared that by December 31, all lawmakers from the opposition parties would send their resignations from the seats of the assembly to their respective party leadership. It also put a limit for the government to step down by 31 January.
In an earlier tweet, the minister declared the opposition alliance an amalgamation of self-serving groups with different directions, interests and motivations. “This incongruous gathering is going to be exposed in public,” he added.
Shibli said that the people [JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman] who were trying to start an anti-government movement are now themselves facing a movement, referring to the internal divide that has arisen in the JUI-F, one of the major parties in the PDM.
“The statements of [JUI-F senior leaders] Maulana Sherani and Hafiz Hussain Ahmed testify to this.”
Talking to the media Dec 22, Sherani criticized his own party chief, saying Fazl is himself a “selected” leader and that the PDM is an “unnatural alliance” that will soon break up because it has no ideology.
“My basic and principled difference with him [Fazl] is [that he is] lying,” Sherani, also a former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), said.
Shibli Faraz said in another tweet that people who choose personal interests over the national interest will earn nothing but disgrace.
“Nothing good is going to come from the chaotic politics of confused opposition. May God give opposition the ability to see the people and their problems instead of mere pursuit of power,” he added.
Talking to a private news channel, Shibli said the PPP, which rules Sindh province, will never resign at the behest of the PDM parties. “The political parties in PDM have differences of opinion over the question of resigning from legislatures,” he added.
The minister also declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif the founder of corruption in Pakistan. “The previous governments of the PML-N and the PPP appointed people to key positions without observing merit. They are responsible for damaging national institutions.”
The leaders of the opposition, he said, in Pakistan promoted political dynasties. He, however, reported that there was no corruption scandal involving the PTI government.