Ministers advise Opposition to delay movement, warn of crackdown

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Three federal ministers on Saturday issued different advisories to the Opposition, with one advising it to delay their movement owing to the coronavirus epidemic; one warning of a crackdown and one reminding the Opposition to remain within the confines of the law. “There may be [a] crackdown, there may be corona, there may be incidents of terrorism,” Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said in his now customary Saturday press conference.The minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a “befitting” reply to the Opposition in his speech yesterday to the Insaf Lawyer’s Forum. He noted that PM Imran has said categorically that he will not give any NRO to Opposition leaders.The minister claimed that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the platform on which Opposition parties have gathered to oust the government, is moving towards a “politics of violence”.Hitting out at PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Rashid alleged that the JUI-F leader was a “respectable man” but wanted to play the religion card. He added that the maulana has been “used all his life for the religious card”.

The minister also claimed that the next four months were “very important”, adding that the army was standing behind the democratic government.

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