Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he did not want to live in his own country like a "slave" and has decided to live out his life with dignity.
"We have come out of the slavery of colonisers only to be enslaved by our own… we are not free citizens… ask yourself if you are a free citizen. The time is not far away when all things will have to be accounted for," he said while addressing a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC).
The statement comes a day after opposition parties decided to stage their first rally under the banner of their newly formed alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), on October 11 in Quetta as part of their strategy to send the PTI-led government packing.
Nawaz said that he has decided that he will not live a life of "humiliation", adding that if the nation also decides to take a stand against tyrants and oppressors then the real change will come in a few months and weeks, not years.
The meeting, attended by Maryam Nawaz, Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair, Raja Farooq and other PML-N leaders, contemplated over the situation arising out of the arrest of party’s president Shehbaz Sharif and also discussed political strategy and future course of action in view of the current political situation in the country.
"How independent is the parliament you are a member of," he questioned the participants, adding that he has come to know that "someone else" was running the parliamentary affairs and giving the agenda for the day. "The Parliament has been made a rubber stamp."
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the three-time premier said that the one who has been brought to handle the affairs of the country is "empty-headed", adding that those who brought him into power must be regretting their decision but they are actually the ones who must be held accountable.
"This person [PM Imran] is responsible but the real responsibility lies on the ones who brought him here. PDM [Pakistan Democratic Movement] has decided to seek an answer from them," he added.
The PML-N leader said that he was saddened by the treatment meted out to Shehbaz Sharif — the Opposition Leader in National Assembly. "The way our children have been treated, there is no example of it in the history of Pakistan. But, whatever is happening it is increasing our courage and we would intensify our struggle even further," he added.
Nawaz Sharif said that he was proud of his brother for facing the current situation with courage and did not bow down despite severe hardships but instead strengthened the party's narrative against the current regime.
At an all parties conference on September 20, the opposition parties upped the ante against the PTI-led federal government as they demanded immediate resignation of Prime Minister Imran and announced the formation of the PDM to begin a countrywide protest campaign.
During the PPP-hosted confab, the opposition also ratcheted up its narrative against alleged rigging in the July 2018 general election and demanded that the powerful establishment should not only refrain itself from interfering in politics but also confine to its role as defined in the Constitution.
Through a 26-point resolution and a seven-point action plan issued after the APC, the opposition put forward its demands, including free, fair, transparent elections without having any role of the armed forces and agencies.