Pakistan, Karachi News : Pakistan’s tremendously touted first daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Saturday said that she was devastated by Imran Khan’s showing no remorse over the deaths of his supporters at one of the most grossly mismanaged political rallies in the history of the country.
“I’ve never witnessed such inhumane & callous attitude. He’s (Imran Khan) completely oblivious to his dying workers. Shudder!”, tweeted Maryam, who never loses a chance to take a dig at the rivals of her prime minister father.
She condemned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader in the strongest of words for turning a blind eye as well as giving a deaf ear to the egregious screwup at the hands of rally organizers.
Following a national outburst, news analysts across Pakistan called into question Imran Khan’s paying no attention to the ‘Sturm und Drang’ on the podium as well as on the ground.
“Khan was only interested in delivering his shotgun speech. As soon as he left, the whole PTI leadership including the organizers was nowhere to be found. They should have waited there until the last rally-goer was gone”, an analyst said while talking to Samaa.
On Friday night, at least seven people were killed and 40 others wounded in a stampede following PTI rally in Multan.
The deaths occurred in Multan city after the cricketer-turned-politician addressed a crowd to press his demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who he accuses of vote rigging in last year’s elections.
Multan police chief Sultan Chaudhry confirmed the casualties and said the stampede occurred when people were leaving the stadium after the rally.
Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in the capital Islamabad since August 15. Protest rallies have also been held in other Pakistani cities.
Khan and Qadri claim the 2013 elections were massively rigged, but local and foreign observers say the polls were credible.
Their followers clashed with police in late August after they tried to storm the prime minister’s residence, leaving three demonstrators dead and hundreds injured on both sides.
On September 1, the opposition groups briefly occupied the state broadcaster but the movement has since lost momentum.
Analysts believe the protests have been coordinated by the powerful army as a means of re-asserting its dominance over civilian authorities. Agencies