–Aleem Khan criticises PML-N for resorting to ‘shoddy’ tactics
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers in Punjab Assembly on Wednesday held a protest demonstration at Faisal Chowk against the house’s failure to summon a session over PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest.
Following the announcement of the protest, the main gate of the provincial assembly was blocked off with barbed wires and heavy contingents of police were deployed, who foiled the attempts made by PML-N MPAs and workers to enter the Punjab Assembly premises by scaling walls.
“Not allowing the lawmakers to protest is a proof of the government’s undemocratic behaviour,” said PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb ahead of the protest. She further said that the responsibility of any untoward incident would lie with the Punjab Assembly speaker and the government.
Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, on the other hand, strongly criticised the protest outside Punjab Assembly and said that it was “ridiculous” to show agitation over the arrest of Shehbaz, whose case had “nothing to do with the Punjab government”
He said that the cases were not even registered by the incumbent PTI government and added that everyone would have to face the consequences of looting public money. “Properties would be sold out and bank accounts seized but there will be no exceptions and each penny will be brought back to the country.”
Aleem said that it was a “strange” protest in which an elected house was being invaded to save an accused under trial. “Such shoddy tactics cannot cover the wrongdoings of the outgoing government and the people of Pakistan have decided their mandate,” he added.
He further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had started fulfiling his promises and no stone would be left unturned in bringing the corrupt to justice.
It is worth mentioning here that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last week in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and sent on a 10-day physical remand.
The party, during the meeting of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Monday, had decided to protest inside the parliament over Shehbaz’s arrest if sessions of the National and Punjab Assemblies were not summoned by Tuesday.
The party had also announced that opposition lawmakers would join the PML-N in a protest outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon (today) if the government failed to honour their request for calling assembly sessions to debate the “unjustified arrest”.
Earlier on Monday, former premier Nawaz Sharif had also alleged that Shehbaz had been arrested by the NAB at the behest of PM Khan.