Ministers criticize PDM for insisting on Peshawar rally despite ban


ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (DNA): Federal Ministers have criticized opposition’s
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for insisting on holding rally in
Peshawar despite government’s ban due to surging coronavirus cases in
the country.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that
opposition wants to slaughter the entire cow for its 2kg meat.

In a tweet, the federal minister used the example of a cow to explain
the situation. “The Opposition wants to sacrifice the entire cow for its
2kg meat,” he said, “Fools, if the disease continues to spread and
people’s lives are on stake, then for what [purpose] are you doing
politics for?”

He said that politics and power were connected with people’s lives and
well-being. “Change your strategy; if you really want to hold jalsas
then hold virtual ones,” he said in the tweet.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development, while sharing the recent
stats about rising coronavirus in the country, said that these numbers
are being shared to send a message to political leaders that the novel
virus is threating lives.

Asad Umar, in a tweet, said that coronavirus patients on ventilators in
last 15 days rose by 200% in Peshawar, Multan 200%, Karachi 148%, Lahore
114%, and Islamabad 65%. He also revealed that Multan and Islamabad’s
ventilators capacity utilization has reached 70 percent.

Federal Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said that
‘spread coronavirus movement’ of opposition is proof of their
selfishness. He asked that what opposition wants to achieve by spreading
the novel coronavirus in the country.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Communication Shahbaz
Gill has said that PDM parties are endangering lives of people for their
personal interests and warned that second wave of coronavirus can be
more deadly.

Earlier, when government imposed smart lockdown in the country,
opposition was in favor of complete lockdown but now because of their
hatred for Imran Khan, they are about to cross a red line, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Head of Pakistan Democratic
Movement (PDM) has said that the biggest virus
facing Pakistan is the government itself. He also said that PDM’s
Peshawar rally will go ahead as planned under all circumstances.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar on Saturday, the PDM head said
that despite the illegitimate government’s efforts, PDM will hold its
rally in Peshawar. He said that Sunday’s historic rally will leave the
PTI government bamboozled.

This statement comes at a time when the country is facing a serious
spike in coronavirus cases with the number of deaths also on the rise.

Addressing these concerns, said that the government is
only touting the dangers of coronavirus since it sees no other way of
stopping PDM rallies. This illegitimate government itself is the biggest
virus, ridding the nation of its rule will be the biggest reprieve, he
said. DNA