As former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has started the election campaign by holding large public gatherings, it seems that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is also moving into election mode.
The ruling party has decided to pit its vice president Maryam Nawaz, who is considered a crowd puller within the party after his father and former premier Nawaz Sharif, against Imran Khan to counter his narrative. The PML-N will hold several public rallies in May in response to public gatherings announced by Imran Khan.
According to a schedule issued by the PML-N on Thursday, Maryam will address public rallies in Attock, Shangla, Swabi, Gujrat, Sargodha, Okara and Bahawalpur this month to mobilize workers for the next elections. At first, she will address a public gathering in Attock (today). The next gathering will be held in Shangla on May 7 followed by a rally in Swabi four days later.
Similarly, she will address party workers in Kotla (Gujrat) on May 15. The party will hold a power show in Sargodha on May 20. Okara will host Maryam on May 23 while the last public rally of this month will be held in Bahawalpur on May 28. Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz will also be invited to some cities but most of the events will be addressed by Maryam. Both Maryam and her cousin Hamza had addressed party workers during the month of Ramazan in Lahore to counter the narrative of Imran Khan.
Both of them had also led the long march from Lahore to Islamabad against the previous PTI government. The PTI had already announced that Imran Khan would address a public gathering in his hometown of Mianwali today (Friday). PTI’s parliamentary leader in Punjab Assembly Sabtain Khan Niazi will be the host of the event. The next gathering will be hosted by former information minister Fawad Chaudhry in his hometown of Jhelum on May 10.
Similarly, Imran Khan will address a public gathering in Attock on May 12 and then in Sialkot on May 14. He will also address party workers in Faisalabad and Chakwal on May 15 and May 19, respectively.