Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif blamed Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for the country’s current political situation while opposition parties held their third massive joint rally against the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a coalition of 11 opposition parties in the country, has been formed on 20 September to oust Khan.
The alliance held two mass meetings in Gujranwala and Karachi one after another this month. The third rally was held on Sunday in Quetta, the capital of the troubled Balochistan province. Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif once again addressed Army Chief Bajwa and ISIS Director-General Hameed for the current situation in Pakistan while addressing the gathering via video link from London. Sharif said, “General Bajwa will give you the answer to the disturbances in the 2018 elections, the horse-trading of MPs in Parliament, against the will of the people and by taking away the Constitution and the law, making Imran Niyaji the Prime Minister, pushing people towards poverty and hunger.”
Sharif, embroiled in a number of corruption cases, has been in London since November last year when the Lahore High Court allowed him to go abroad for four weeks for treatment of heart disease and immune system disorders. He also accused the ISI chief of “interfering in politics for a few years” in violation of the oath. Nawaz said that I had seen the same enthusiasm in Gujranwala and Karachi and now I am also seeing it in Quetta”. With reference to the possible disappearance of hundreds of Baloch people, he said, “I am aware of the problems of the Baloch people, Nawaz Sharif knows that the problem of the missing people is still here. I can feel the pain when I see the victims. ” He said that PDM has stood against the “unconstitutional forces that have hollowed Pakistan from inside and outside”. Addressing the people, he said, “Now your husband and brother, the people of Balochistan will not disappear.”
Maryam said that the current “dictatorial government” is “sunset” and “the puppet game will be over soon.” Addressing the rally via video link, Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “What kind of democracy is this where neither the media is independent nor the judiciary.” Balochistan National Party President Sardar Akhtar Mengal attacked Khan’s government and the existing system on the issue of missing people. Meanwhile, Mohsin Davar, a critical critic of the government, was detained by security officials at the Quetta airport on Saturday when he arrived here for the rally. Home Minister Jiaullah Langov said that there is a ban on entry into Davar’s province. This ban will end on October 29.