President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday claimed that scores of party workers have been arrested and termed the treatment being meted out to the party before Nawaz’s expected return on Friday as double standards by incumbent provincial officials.
“Nawaz knows he will be arrested. He said he will present himself in the public’s court, the PML-N will arrange an unprecedented welcome,” said the former chief executive of Punjab while addressing the media in Lahore. “We are the ones who have always rendered service. Our performance is before the nation and the world.”
The PML-N president also commented on the arrest of party workers in Punjab. “A former MPA was arrested. Scores of our workers have been detained for 30 days. This is clear pre-poll rigging. The police are rounding up workers and the chief minister and home minister are in compliance to it,” he alleged.
The PML-N president also said that everyone is aware of PML-N’s victimisation. “With Section 144 imposed, Imran Khan is holding public gatherings, but we have been barred from holding one. This is the double standards being displayed,” he said further. The former chief minister further claimed that the inspector-general, home minister were also party to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s politics.
“I never knew they would be accomplices,” he grieved. “When the CM was appointed, we found his remarks anti-democratic. If the Supreme Court has halted the arrest of politicians till July 30, the order should be followed. If a level playing field is not provided, no one should complain about consequences.”