Sit-in at Raiwind: PML-N workers threaten to protest outside CM House

Leaders say without evidence resignation could not be demanded

Our Correspondent April 16, 2016


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders in various parts of the province have threatened to protest against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government if the latter holds a sit-in at Raiwind, Lahore.

PML-N K-P Senior Vice President Waqif Khan told The Express Tribune on Saturday the decision was taken during a meeting of Party Bachao Tehreek where all workers expressed their willingness to protest outside the Chief Minister House.

“Whatever PTI chief does, he will have to face a reaction for it,” Waqif said. “If he can motivate workers to protest at Raiwind, we have workers ready to hold demonstrations outside CM House.”

He added the allegations made in the Panama Papers against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remained unsubstantiated.

“Before any evidence could be gathered, PTI workers have no right to demand Nawaz’s resignation,” the PML-N leader said.

Waqif added a legal strategy should be adopted to deal with the situation.

“The best option for debate on the issue is Parliament House, not a sit-in at Raiwind,” he added.

The party’s city district president Sattar Khalil said the PML-N-led federal government has launched mega projects that will have a positive impact in the future.

“These mega projects will be completed by 2018 and will change the destiny of the nation,” he said. “Imran cannot digest what Nawaz has done and has been doing for the development of the country. He should concentrate on K-P rather than criticise the federal government.”

PML-N Women Wing K-P Deputy Secretary for Information Farah Khan said they were ready to follow directions of the party’s provincial and central leaderships.

“We are prepared to follow directives issued by the provincial as well as central leadership,” she told The Express Tribune.

Other party workers have said PML-N workers know how to protect Raiwind and PTI Chairperson Imran Khan should refrain from holding sit-ins and concentrate on development in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PML-N leaders added Imran should learn something from his Islamabad sit-in in 2014.

The backdrop

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter had announced its decision to join the PTI-led sit-in at Raiwind in Lahore on April 14.

In the wake of the Panama leaks – that revealed offshore accounts of Sharif family members along with numerous political leaders across the world – Imran announced to hold a sit-in at Raiwind if the revelations were not probed by an independent judicial commission.

“We will surround Raiwind with millions of people to press the premier to either constitute an independent judicial commission or step down,” Imran said in his address to the nation on April 10.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2016.

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