PML-N vice-president demands Premier resignation at Mandi Bahauddin power show

Maryam Nawaz, a vice president of the PML-N. – File Photo

Maryam Nawaz, a vice president of the PML-N, demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation in a post-midnight rally in Mandi Bahauddin.

Addressing the premier in her speech, she said: “Give your resignation! Go home!” and urged the crowds to chant along with her.

The PML-N leader also said that keeping former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in jail will be a crime now following yesterday’s “evidence”, alleging that his sentencing had been given under “immense pressure from hidden hands” — a claim rejected today by the presiding judge.

In her address, which was held on Jail Road, she claimed that Nawaz “will be released, and will become prime minister once more — but this time more powerful than ever before”.

She congratulated the PML-N workers on their leader being “proven innocent of all the charges”. The PML-N leader said the former premier’s only crime was that he had committed no crime but had called for the respect of votes for which her party would continue to strive.

In a tweet earlier on Sunday, Maryam had said that she will further talk about the startling claims she made yesterday regarding accountability judge Arshad Malik. However, the subject was not broached besides a small reference to yesterday’s press conference.

Earlier, Maryam Nawaz was given a rousing welcome by a large number of party workers on the Motorway and other points on way to Mandi Bahauddin.

Multiple receptions at different points on the way delayed her convoy’s arrival in Mandi Bahauddin where the party’s local leadership and workers had been waiting for her on Jail Road since 6pm.

Prior to her departure on Sunday evening, Maryam had told party workers in a message that she would meet them in Mandi Bahauddin, “whether at a ground or a road”. She had promised to meet them there “despite all hindrances created by the government”.

PML-N had alleged that the ground had also been intentionally filled with rain and drainage water diverted after the heavy rain on Saturday and it seemed difficult that a rally could be held there in the current situation. Meanwhile, the administration and police had not granted the PML-N permission to hold the rally at the venue, citing security reasons.