Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, raised questions over the silence observed by the Sharif family on the death sentence announced to former President Pervez Musharraf by a special court earlier this month.
Dr. Firdous observed that the entire Sharif family is utterly confused over what their public stance should be on this controversial development in the high treason case against the former president.
Sharif Family in Confusion
Addressing the media on Sunday, Dr. Firdous said, “The Nawaz Sharif government had filed the high treason case against Pervez Musharraf in 2013, but after the former Chief of Army Staff’s conviction, their silence reveals that the Sharif family is in politics for their own vested interests.”
The Special Assistant to the PM observed that the entire Sharif family is engulfed in confusion over what their public stance ought to be on Pervez Musharraf’s conviction. She said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership had raised the slogans of ‘vote ko izzat do’ (give respect to vote) and now, it has abandoned its own workers and supporters.
Responding to the recent speeches given by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Dr. Firdous observed that he should first introduce democratic principles in his own party before seeking a “genuine” democratic rule in Pakistan.
Dr. Firdous said that the corrupt elite that has plundered the nations’ wealth and resources are now posing as the elected representatives of the people. She said, “The PPP leaders only remember Benazir Bhutto on her death anniversary or before the elections in a bid to collect votes.”
The PM’s aide on information, who served as an information minister during the last PPP tenure, criticized Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for calling Prime Minister Imran Khan a “selected” Premier. She said, “How can those who have entered politics on recommendations address the Prime Minister as ‘selected’?”
She observed that the opposition leaders to continue to question the democratic values practiced during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s rule, giving the impression that it is not the brand of democracy that they want.
She said, “The Prime Minister does not encourage the brand of democracy where leaders worry about the wellbeing of their own children as opposed to the children of the nation.” Addressing the PPP leadership, she said, “Your own conduct is undemocratic. You should begin by bringing democracy in your own province.”
India: An Extremist State
Dr. Firdous addressed the protests triggered by India’s controversial citizenship bill. She observed that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory stands justified in the events observed across the border.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan says controversial Citizenship Act has exposed so called India's democratic and secular face. pic.twitter.com/dNAAE7VFi1— Information Ministry (@MoIB_Official) December 22, 2019
She observed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has emerged as an “extremist state”. Commenting on the recent skirmishes between Pakistan and India, she said, “The people of Pakistan stand behind their armed forces.”
Dr. Firdous continued, “Our media is depicting a true picture of the current happenings on the border and Line of Control (LoC).” She observed that the Pakistani media is unveiling India’s true intentions and will continue its efforts.
Special Assistant to the Premier said that India’s Prime Minister has introduced extremist policies that have tarnished India’s secular status in the world. She observed that the people of India have strongly rejected the extremist ideology of Narendra Modi.
Dr. Firdous said, “India is engulfed with internal turmoil and conflicts, which has encouraged it to divert the attention of the international community by spreading disinformation and killing innocent civilians with unprovoked shelling along the Line of Control.” She observed that the Pakistan Army responded to Indian aggression with a befitting response.