Maryam Nawaz Says Aides Getting Threatening Calls Following PDM Quetta Rally
Following Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)’s rally in Quetta on Sunday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz said that people around and close to her were getting threatening calls from unknown numbers.
“People around and close to me getting threatening calls from ‘unknown numbers’ saying, after today’s speeches, you should all get ready for a “massive crackdown,” she tweeted.
The PDM held its third power show in Quetta on Sunday defying security threats that were relayed to the leadership by the authorities. The issue of enforced disappearances and other concerns of the people of the conflict-ridden Balochistan province dominated the speeches at the rally.
Reiterating her party’s stance on the sanctity of vote, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that the crisis in the province were linked to disrespect to its people’s vote. She added that those who ruled Balochistan were being controlled from elsewhere and the government was not answerable to its people but those ‘pulling their strings’.
Maryam chanted the slogan ‘shame’ as she spoke about the enforced disappearances of the Baloch. “Your husbands and brothers will no longer be disappeared,” she said, while addressing the heirs of the missing persons who were present on the occassion.
Maryam also paid tribute to Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s father Qazi Muhammad Isa for his role in the Pakistan Movement. She said that a case against Qazi Muhammad’s son, “who is the only judge from Balochistan among existing SC judges” was shameful.
Meanwhile, former PM Nawaz Sharif reiterated his position on the establishment having manipulated the general elections and said that after these protests the sanctity of vote will be respected. He also condemned the manner in which Maryam Nawaz’s husband Captain (r) Safdar was arrested in Karachi and said that the incident proved his stance about ‘state above the state’.