Supporters of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of opposition parties, wave flags as they listen to their leaders during an anti-government protest rally in Gujranwala on October 16.

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s former prime minister, advised an election rally on Friday night time that the nation’s military chief, General Qamar Bajwa, was liable for toppling his authorities and putting in Imran Khan as prime minister.

Addressing the primary public rally of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the newly-formed joint opposition alliance, in Gujranwala by way of video hyperlink from London, Sharif accused military chief General Qamar Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Faiz Hameed of rigging elections, eradicating his authorities, muzzling the media, pressurising the judiciary, and victimising opposition politicians.

Several opposition leaders attended the PDM’s opening rally.

Much of Sharif’s speech was not lined by TV information channels as a result of a ban by the nation’s broadcast regulator that disallowed the airing of speeches, statements and interviews of proclaimed offenders and absconders.

But the ban didn’t cease 1000’s of individuals from attending the PDM’s rally. One estimate put the variety of folks attending it at round 20,000.

“This is all your doing,” Sharif mentioned, addressing Bajwa in his speech, including, “I hold you responsible for all the mess you have created. We are seeing unemployment, unprecedented inflation. The ‘roti’ now costs ten rupees and medicine prices have reached new heights. People cannot afford to pay their electricity bills.”

Sharif added, “Call me a traitor. Call me a rebel. Make me a convict. Label me a hijacker. Seize my properties. File false cases against me, but Nawaz Sharif will continue to speak for his people.”

The former PM identified that dictators in Pakistan have repeatedly labelled politicians as traitors. “The army has accused most of those who fight for the constitution as traitors,” he mentioned.

Recalling the previous, Sharif mentioned that Fatima Jinnah, sometimes called one of many founders of the nation, had additionally been accused of being anti-state, and that since then, the development has continued.

“Sheikh Mujib (Mujibur Rahman) was accused of being a traitor, and that led to the creation of Bangladesh. But the real traitor was General AAK Niazi, who surrendered shamelessly in Dhaka, but no one can calls him a traitor,” Sharif mentioned.

Sharif mentioned that in his time as prime minister, the federal government stood tall with the nuclear assessments that it carried out in response to the assessments carried out by India. “But we saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit us and talk to us (in 2015)”, he added.

Sharif advised his viewers that the feedback of former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee within the guests’ guide at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore should be learn. “What beautiful sentiments he expressed,” recalled Sharif, including, “Wasn’t that a better Pakistan?”

Taking on the present PM, Sharif mentioned that the supply of the funding behind Khan’s property must be investigated. “We will investigate Imran Khan. We will investigate his sister Aleema Khan. We will investigate the dealings of General Asim Saleem Bajwa, who has made billions,” he mentioned.

Pakistan Muslim League (N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz arrived on the rally in Gujranwala at round 9pm, native time, adopted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

Most political analysts within the nation consider the PDM’s opening rally, held in an open stadium in Gujranwala in biting chilly, was a hit.

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