Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s narrative is apparently failing as the top military leadership seems to be indifferent towards the rallies being held under the flag of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
Muhammad Malick, a prominent Pakistani journalist, has revealed that “the top army brass is under no internal pressure to create space for opposition parties”. While speaking to Nasim Zehra on channel 24, Malick maintained that the narrative projected by Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazalur Rehman won’t be of any use in the long run. “To be fair, this narrative can create some excitement but it is not sustainable,” he said.
PDM has been seen carrying an anti-establishment narrative since its creations. Nawaz Sharif named the Army Chief and DG ISI for political engineering in the country. “General Bajwa is responsible for installing incompetent Imran Khan,” he said while addressing PDM rally from London.
Similarly, senior PDM leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai in his speech had said “though Urdu is lingua franca, it’s not our language”.
Later on, MQM’s Faisal Subzwari said that the silence of all opposition parties against the anti-Urdu statement seemed to suggest that it was the collective narrative of the opposition.
“Rejecting Urdu as the national language and that too from a place located under the shadow of Quaid’s mazar is a matter of serious concern,” he said, adding: “The leadership of opposition should have demonstrated responsibility.”
Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) leader Maulana Shah Owais Noorani demanded an independent Balochistan in Quetta while addressing a rally of PDM. “We want Balochistan as an independent state. Today, Balochistan looks like an underdeveloped area of the country,” Maulana Owais Noorani said.
Finally, PML-N’s Ayaz Sadi had said that “I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was. Foreign Minister said for God’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm”. Not only the foreign minister but also DG ISPR rubbished the statement.
PDM’s narrative exposed?
For many journalists and political commentators, PDM’s narrative was exposed when the invitation of Asif Zardari’s daughter, Bakhtawar, engagement held on November 27. Notably, After the Peshawar rally, PPP’s chairman’s political secretary was tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Bilawal went into self-isolation.
Zardari family has made it mandatory COVID-19 report for the guests attending Bakhtawar’s engagement ceremony. Meher Bokhari, a senior anchorperson, slammed the PDM leadership for this ‘hypocrisy’.