The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr. Yasmin Rashid on Thursday said if Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (PPP Chairman and Foreign Minister) were the son of his mother, he would not have shaken hands with PML-N Supremo Nawaz Sharif.
PTI kicked off its campaign for the by-election on PP-202 on June 16. On the occasion, party stalwarts Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Hammad Azhar, and Andalib Abbas addressed a rally of the party workers at a hotel in Chichawatni.
The PTI leaders sharply criticised the PMLN-led coalition government and the PDM.
During her address, Dr. Yasmin Rashid said, “Bilawal, you are the son of your father, Asif Zardari, and you fell prey to the demands of expediency to advance your political interests.”
She was referring to an alleged event that was said to have taken place during the electioneering in 1988 in which some pictures of the PPP leaders had been dropped from a helicopter allegedly at the behest of Nawaz Sharif.
She also said that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah was such a nonentity that he could not even face the women of PTI. “It used to be a sin for the PML-N to talk to the PPP members. Now they have become allies for their vested interests,” she said.
Recalling the PTI government’s services in providing healthcare to the people, the PTI leader said that people paid tribute to the PTI leaders whenever they happened to pass by a hospital.
They used to say that Imran Khan had increased petrol and diesel rates and that he should resign, she said.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid said the incumbent government had increased the price of petrol by Rs84.
On Friday, a Lahore anti-terrorism court extended the interim bails of top PTI leaders “in a case pertaining to alleged violations of Section 144 and attacks on law enforcement agencies on May 25 — the day PTI workers marched to Islamabad.”
At the request of the Punjab Police, the court last week had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mian Akram Usman, Zubair Niazi, Imtiaz Sheikh, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Shafqat Mahmood, Nadeem Abbas, Murad Raas, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Yasir Gilani, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Hammad Azhar, Andleeb Abbas, and Ijaz Chaudhry.
But they were granted pre-arrest bail till June 17 (today) today.
In a brief talk with reporters today, Yasmin Rashid said that in the 75 years of her life, she had never seen atrocities as intense as those committed by the PML-N government, Dawn reported.
“We are the ones who were beaten up. Our cars were damaged. And they have gone ahead to register terrorism cases against us. There can be no greater abuse and injustice with the people than this.”
Rashid added that amid skyrocketing inflation, these cases were government tactics to “distract” the nation. “But they should know one thing: we are not scared of anyone. We will continue this war.”