PM Imran, CM Buzdar discuss strategy to tackle anti-govt protests

Chief Minister of Punjab Sarfar Usman Buzdar called on Prime Minister Iman Khan on Friday to form a strategy to tackle Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) protests against the arrest of their party president Shehbaz Sharif by NAB in money laundering case.

As per details, Imran and Buzdar have also discussed the ongoing political situation, developmental projects and administrative matters in the province during the meeting.

CM Buzdar is also scheduled to participate in the meeting that will be chaired by PM Imran to devise plan to combat opposition’s anti-government campaign. He is also expected meet NA Speaker Asad Qaisar and other ministers during his visit.

The development came after PML-N announced to hold phase-wise protests from October 3.

Earlier, Opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) had announced the launch of an anti-government movement from October 11, with its first rally being held in Quetta.

The opposition parties formed a steering committee under the supervision of PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal to formulate the strategy of the protest movement.

The meeting had termed the arrests of political leaders as unconstitutional and vindictive. Members had also vowed to challenge the government’s unconstitutional tactics on every forum.

On September 29, an accountability court granted 14-day physical remand of leader of the opposition Shahbaz Sharif to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in assets beyond means and money-laundering case.

The court also issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Shahbaz’s wife Nusrat Shahbaz and daughter Rabia Imran, both co-accused in similar cases.

The non-bailable arrest warrants for Suleman Shahbaz and another co-accused Haroon Yousaf had already been issued by the court in the same reference.