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Maryam Nawaz Tells ‘What Censorship Looks Like’

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Sunday took to the streets of Mandi Bahauddin addressing the party workers and rally participants.

Maryam, who left Lahore Sunday afternoon reached her final destination after midnight. She kept on addressing rally participants at different places on her way to Mandi Bahauddin.

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Although the procession was huge and Maryam kept on addressing her workers, the majority of the TV channels censored her rally and also the speeches. In one of her tweets, Maryam pointed it out too.

Senior journalists including Hamid Mir and anchors expressed concerns over censoring Maryam’s speech.

During her speech, Maryam reiterated her stance towards her father Nawaz Sharif’s trial. While referring to Judge Arshad Malik’s alleged confessional video, Maryam said that after the video, Sharif had been vindicated and Mandi Bahauddin was celebrating his vindication.

She asked the audience more than once about whether they had watched the video in question?

Maryam went on to call the Prime Minister by the word ‘Selected’. The said word was barred in the parliament by the Deputy Speaker’s ruling and lawmakers were not allowed to use it. Opposition members, on the other hand, challenged the legality of Speaker’s ruling.

“Give your resignation! Go home!” added Maryam, asking the prime minister to tender his resignation as the ‘government has failed’ to solve the issues at hand.

Throughout her journey, Maryam kept updating the status of her rally on Twitter.

In one of her tweets, she mentioned how there was no stage, no planned rally but only the public that was there to see her. The day before, local administration had disallowed PML-N to hold a gathering in the requested venue amid rainfall while PML-N leaders had mentioned that the administration had intentionally diverted rainwater towards the said venue.

Upon reaching Mandi Bahauddin, Maryam tweeted about her warm welcome.

“It’s been 50 mins that I have reached the place I am to address at but I cannot get off the car. Its jam packed. I left on 7th. The jalsa is happening on 8th. Thank you Mandi Bahauddin.”

Felicitations poured in as politicians, journalists, civil society members, and others congratulated Maryam on her successful rally.


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