Information Minister Shibli Faraz said the “low turnout” at today’s rally in Peshawar showed that residents of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province rejected anti-government rhetoric from opposition parties .
He was reacting to the 11-party anti-government alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a power show in the provincial capital that was tackled by political heavyweights such as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and several others.
“I appreciate the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for boycotting the opposition rally and protecting themselves from the coronavirus at the call of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said in a short video message, published shortly after. the end of the rally on Sunday.
The PTI minister also urged rally participants to self-quarantine due to possible exposure to Covid-19, with the infection positivity rate having exceeded 13% in Peshawar.
“They always prioritize small political gains over obeying the law and protecting people’s health.”
Another PTI leader, Senator Faisal Javed Khan, reacting to the Peshawar rally, joked: “Useless people hold unnecessary gatherings.
He claimed that the anti-government movement of PDM was aimed at obtaining relief in cases of corruption and money laundering.
“They are doing their best to get a reconciliation order for which they endanger people’s lives and a rapidly growing economy,” he wrote on his official Urdu Twitter account.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan and top federal ministers also blamed the PDM for staging political rallies despite the exponential rise in the number of coronavirus cases during the second wave.
Opposition parties, on the other hand, have claimed the government is using the coronavirus as a “tactic” to cripple the movement they say will send the PTI government to pack its bags early next year.
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