Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) senior vice-president Maryam Nawaz told former Prime Minister Imran Khan that his party’s game is over after senior members resigned. Maryam made the comments on Friday while addressing a conference in Punjab province. He also spoke about the events that took place on May 9 when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Khan was arrested, leading to violent protests across the country. Maryam, daughter of PML-N supremo and former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, told PTI chairman Khan that “the game is over” after senior members of her party walked out.
Since the May 9 violence in the country, more than 70 PTI lawyers and leaders have left the party. Top PTI leaders including party general secretary Asad Umar, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry and former human rights minister Shireen Mazari have resigned. Attacking the PTI over a large number of leaders leaving the party, Maryam said that a queue has started for those leaving the party. The exodus of PTI leaders began after security forces launched a crackdown on the party following attacks on civilian and military installations. Slamming former prime minister Khan, Maryam said, “How can people live together when the leader himself is a jackal?” Your people are revealing that Imran Khan (70) is the mastermind of the May 9 incidents.
The PML-N leader said Khan was the mastermind of the May 9 “terrorism” but his workers were facing the anti-terror court. He said that Khan took his wife Bushra Bibi to the court by covering her with sheets but he used other women as pawns. Maryam said the May 9 incident was an “attack on the Pakistan Army” and the former prime minister was being helped by his “assistants”. Significantly, there were violent protests on May 9 following the arrest of Khan by the Pakistan Rangers from the Islamabad High Court premises. His party workers vandalized several military installations, including the Lahore Corps Commander’s residence, the Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad. Police reported 10 deaths in violent clashes, while Khan’s party claimed 40 of its workers were killed in firing by security personnel. Thousands of Khan’s supporters were arrested after the violence, and the military described it as a “black day” in the country’s history.
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