PESHAWAR: Veteran Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said Pakistanis were robbed of their mandate on this day one year ago.
Addressing a rally of the joint opposition in Peshawar, he said the promise of peace in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and its amalgamation with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was fulfilled by deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The opposition is observing July 25, first anniversary of 2018 general elections, as Youm-e-Siyah (Black Day).
“A rookie government has been enforced on the nation. Today, Pakistan’s economy has been ruined at its hands. The projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor have been stalled, while inflation and unemployment had gone rampant in the country,” Ahsan Iqbal said taking a dig at the government.
He described the incumbent premier as “a selected PM” and the government as “selected government”.
The PML-N leader said “the selected prime minister” had deformed the face of the country. He had claimed that he would not seek debt from anybody and did the opposite.
Earlier while addressing a press conference, Ahsan Iqbal had said the ruling government neither had done homework nor they had a team which resulted in punishment of Pakistanis in the form of slumping of the economy from 5.8 percent to 3.3 percent in one year.
Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Sherpao said the national security had a threat from Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Late Wednesday night, the PML-N protesters led by senior leader Rana Mashhood Ahmed came face-to-face on Mall Road in Lahore late Wednesday night.
Rana Mashhood had said police had blocked their containers which were being brought to be used as a stage for protest. He said the party workers were being arrested and harassed by police. He has appealed to the citizens of Lahore to come of their houses to protest against the government.
“Being a citizen, this is our right and you cannot stop it,” he had said to police.
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, who has left for Quetta to address a protest rally, tweeted: “This day worst rule of unemployment and inflation incepted. In fact, this day dawned with ban on freedom of speech against these things. May we never see such a tyranny in Pakistan again.”