Punjab: Fawad Ch, Marriyum barb wires

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PML-N will begin ‘speaking against army’ in next few days, Fawad Chaudhry alleges

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: A war of words between the PTI and PML-N erupted on Sunday with PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry alleging that the PML-N “has begun to speak against the judiciary, and over the next few days, it will begin speaking against the army too.”

He further alleged the PML-N “feels it has made a big mistake by aligning itself with the establishment against Imran Khan” and now the party’s vice- president Maryam Nawaz will “seek to push an anti-establishment narrative”.

“The flaw in this scheme is that the people are no longer those of the 1990s and the competition is with Imran Khan,” Chaudhry said. The PML-N leader chalked up the institutions being “stuck in a vortex” to the mistakes of their leaders.

“Had they stayed within their limits this would not have happened, but anyway, the PML-N will now target institutions,” he said.

Chaudhry censured the party for what he characterised as oscillating between two narratives depending on the situation.

“They were brought into being by the establishment and the brothers decided that one will do pro-establishment politics, whereas the other will sell an anti-establishment narrative. When one narrative failed, they sought to push the other. This formula is also being transferred to the next generation,” he alleged.

‘Stop dragging the army and judiciary into politics’

In response to Chaudhry, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is also the information minister, said that “he who abuses and threatens institutions should not portray themselves as their representative”.

She said that Imran Khan “will not be allowed to play the game of establishment and anti-establishment to return to power” and no one will be allowed to mess with the Constitution and the law.

Aurangzeb said that Khan “admitted that he took the help of institutions and agencies to run the government for four years”.

“We will not allow the murder of justice with this bullying, these threats and insults. The narrative of Nawaz Sharif and Muslim League (N) is and will remain in line with the constitution,” she continued, adding: “Stop dragging the army and judiciary into politics.”

She alleged it is Imran Khan who is targeting the institutions and that he seeks to remove their leadership.

“Imran Khan’s narrative of a foreign conspiracy abroad has been buried and now a narrative of establishment and anti-establishment has begun,” Aurangzeb alleged.

The PML-N leader called upon the Election Commission to decide on the foreign funding case soon, the verdict for which was reserved last month.

“Imran Khan wants an NRO in the foreign funding case through bullying, intimidation, chaos, riots and hooliganism,” she claimed.

The minister called for a full court bench to hear the case related to the election of the chief minister of Punjab.

“Justice on important national, political and constitutional matters should not only be done, it should also be seen to be done,” she said.

“Due to the instability created by Imran Khan, the economy faces the risk of bankruptcy. The people are paying the price of Imran Khan’s economic destruction in the form of inflation, unemployment and poverty.

“Imran sahib wants to avoid accountability, hide his corruption and gain power through back channels. Now, this war is against the fascism of the arrogant, anti-constitutional Imran sahib,” she said further.