Former prime minister and PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif took to Twitter on Monday, saying that he had told Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif not to give any “face-saving” to PTI Chairman Imran Khan or pay heed to his demands whether he brings 2,000 or 20,000 people to Islamabad, referring to the PTI’s ongoing ‘real freedom’ march. “Those who used to claim to bring 1 million people [to federal capital for long march] has (sic) not been able to produce 2,000 people,” Nawaz wrote on the microblogging website. The three-time premier also said that the reason for the lack of interest of the masses was the “vile lies” of Imran that stood “exposed”. “He (Imran) lied so brazenly that the DG ISI had to break his silence and tell the nation the truth. Despite the passage of so many days, he [PTI chief] has not been able to respond [to DG ISI]. All his energies now are being spent on his habit of cursing,” he added. The statement of Nawaz comes days after PM Shehbaz formed a federal-level committee to hold talks with the PTI in light of the party’s ongoing ‘Azadi March’. Headed by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, the committee, comprising nine members, will focus on maintaining the law and order situation while also holding a political discourse regarding the PTI march.
Rejected march: Meanwhile, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, referring to Imran Khan as “the foreign-funded fitna”, said the ex-premier had admitted that his rejected bloody march would not bring any revolution. Reacting to Imran Khan’s tweet, she said it was evident that from now onwards election and power couldn’t be obtained by hurling abuses and brandishing guns. Imran’s planned ‘bloodshed or the ballot’ was a proof of bringing revolution through guns, she said. She said there had been no revolution over the last six months, but the people had seen the corruption of Imran Khan, including the foreign funding, Toshakhana robberies, Bushra Bibi’s diamond grabbing, compromise on country’s interests for grabbing land, and lethal campaigns against the martyrs. She said Imran should have better offered an extension to the army chief in March when he was in power to achieve the objective of elections.