Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz once again harshly criticized former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – on Monday, saying that the ex-Prime Minister had staged “the greatest drama in the history of Pakistan under the name of foreign conspiracy”.
Addressing party supporters in constituency PP-170 as part of the election campaign, she said: “Unfortunately, Pakistani politics has met a person who is the biggest liar, chaos maker and impostor. He used to tell people we were American slaves. He kept people busy with his conspiracy allegations. It is the greatest tragedy in the history of Pakistan.
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She called the PTI president the biggest enemy of Lahore and Punjab, and said the upcoming by-elections were a “war for the development of the province”.
“The enemy of Punjab’s development is Imran Khan,” Maryam said. She told the former prime minister that “burial of his politics” would emerge not just from Punjab but from all over Pakistan.
“The ruling gang in Punjab was not ruling but looting the treasury. The ringleader of this gang was Imran Khan, who ruthlessly plundered the resources,” Maryam said. She added that the gang included the former prime minister, the former first lady and her friend Farhat Shahzadi.
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“A gang ruled a province of 120 million people,” Maryam said. She added that the former prime minister created the “Gogi Pinky Economic Corridor” to loot the treasury.
“The July 17 war is a war for the development of Punjab, it must be won,” Maryam said.
Continuing his attack on the former prime minister, Maryam said the PTI chairman had asked the people ‘to believe in a conspiracy’ but two days ago he sent his party officials to US official Donald Lu to ask for forgiveness.
“He used to call people traitors and today his wife’s audio clip surfaced,” Maryam said. She added that the cricketer-turned-politician was the “biggest impostor”.
“[Imran Khan] was unable to prove a single allegation against me and his wife’s audio clip came out. Whoever called people thieves turned out to be the biggest culprit,” Maryam said. She added that allegations were also made against the PML-N supremo, but none of them could be proven.
“Anyone who leaves their party has stories of corruption to tell,” Maryam said.
Referring to the economic situation of the country, the vice-president of the PML-N declared that her party, which governs at the center, will work day and night to get the people out of this difficult situation. She added that the coalition government was working to help the poor.
“The treasury is empty and despite this, Shehbaz Sharif gave subsidy on food items in utility shops,” Maryam said.
While informing the people about the announcement of Punjab CM Hamza Shahbaz regarding electricity bills, Maryam asked them if it had happened in the 75 years of the country’s history that people were being asked to consume electricity but that they would not be charged.
On Sunday, the PML-N leader said the ruling coalition government was raising the prices of petroleum products with “a heavy heart”.
She blamed former Prime Minister Imran Khan for rising inflation in the country, saying her government’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was driving up prices.
Blaming the previous PTI government for the multi-hour load shedding in the country, the PML-N leader said the PML-N government had solved the chronic problem in the past, but it had reappeared due to the leaders incapable of ITP.