Rangers to be deployed at NAB office on Maryam’s appearance tomorrow

Published March 25, 2021
In this file photo, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz speaks in Islamabad. — DawnNewsTV/File
In this file photo, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz speaks in Islamabad. — DawnNewsTV/File

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has approved deployment of Rangers at the power show of the anti-government Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) outside the Lahore office of the National Accountability Bureau on March 26 (tomorrow) where PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz will appear in connection with cases against her.

Announcing the federal government’s decision, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told a press conference on Wednesday that the request for Rangers’ deployment had been made by the Punjab government in the light of anti-corruption watchdog’s plea for more security to avert any untoward incident.

NAB has claimed that a conspiracy is being hatched by some accused and their political supporters to attack its Lahore offices on March 26 and create hurdles in the performance of its legal duties.

The minister said police would serve as the first line of defence.

Rashid says PDM power show is not meant for government, but for PPP

He chided Ms Nawaz for obtaining protective bail and risking people’s lives by asking them to join the power show which, he claimed, was meant nothing but to capture media attention.

He said the Covid-19 positivity rate in Lahore was around 14 per cent and it was not advisable for the people to organise or join large-scale gatherings.

Sheikh Rashid claimed that there was a possibility of terrorist strikes in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad, adding that alerts had already been issued in these cities.

“I am not saying it to scare anybody, but life of a common man is as precious as mine,” the interior minister said.

He said that genuine politicians served as a shield for the people instead of using them as shield. He criticised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for inciting the people against the government while sitting abroad.

“You need to be Imam Khomeini for giving call from outside the country, which you are not, nor you are Mao Zedong, Karl Marx or Ho Chi Minh,” he said.

The minister said that Mr Sharif had befooled the entire nation by leaving the country, adding that a great politician lived and died in the motherland.

He said the PDM’s power show in Lahore was in fact a rehearsal for its upcoming long march against the government. He said that Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz attended court and NAB proceedings in a normal way and no call had been given for people to attend court proceedings.

He said the PDM’s power show was not meant for the PTI government, but the PML-N wanted to show its political muscle to the PPP in Punjab.

He claimed that PPP lawmakers would not resign from their assemblies’ seats and the only option left for the PDM would be to stage a long march, which too was bound to fail.

In reply to a question, Sheikh Rashid said that most of the cases being faced by PML-N and PPP leaders had been filed by the two parties against each other.

When asked about PTI’s working relationship with PPP, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had formed a political committee for the purpose and added that talks should be held with all political parties. He said doors for talks should always be kept open in politics.

Published in Dawn, March 25th, 2021

Opinion

The ECI headache
08 May 2021

The ECI headache

The ECI sat mute while BJP held huge rallies without following SOPs.
Engaging the enemy
08 May 2021

Engaging the enemy

The ghost of the Musharraf formula has started to haunt the current backchannel process.
Will OIC confront France?
Updated 08 May 2021

Will OIC confront France?

For Pakistan to keep its GSP-Plus status it will have to show the EU that it treats its blasphemy accused fairly.
Standing by Kashmir
Updated 07 May 2021

Standing by Kashmir

A comprehensive failure of governance is always a comprehensive moral failure of the governors.

Editorial

Updated 08 May 2021

Delayed poll debate

THE debate on electoral reforms is going nowhere. Even though the major political parties say reforms are critical,...
08 May 2021

Reducing deficit

THE numbers show that the government has managed to arrest growth in fiscal deficit — the difference between the...
08 May 2021

Rise in dog bites

ON Wednesday, an unusually high number of dog-bite cases were reported in Larkana, when 19 people — the majority ...
Reprimanding envoys
Updated 07 May 2021

Reprimanding envoys

The prime minister should have engaged with honest and respectable officers to identify how solutions can be found.
07 May 2021

Foreign funding case

THE foreign funding case against the PTI has become a never-ending tale. It has been dragging on for years and after...
07 May 2021

Water woes

IRRIGATION experts have voiced concern over the decline of freshwater flow through Kotri barrage, which has led to...