The relief distribution ceremony in Wazirabad attended by the Prime Minister for the flood affected people left a trail of bitterness. The ugly event seemed to have been triggered by the now very popular slogans ‘Go Nawaz Go’ by supporters of PTI and flood victims. The local MPA, belonging to the PML-N, could not tolerate these slogans. He along with some followers assaulted the protesters. They slapped, thrashed and abused them and hurled threats of dire consequences, if sloganeering was not stopped.

This exercise was meant to intimidate and silence not only agitators but their sympathisers as well. Thank God, the protesters dispersed peacefully and a clash was averted. Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz said on Twitter that it ‘seems that the PML-N workers have had enough of PTI vandalism’. Was this a tit for tat response? She also wrote that PTI had just seen a trailer in Wazirabad and added that the policy of restraint should not be interpreted as a weakness. As if this was not sufficient to ignite fire and provoke the citizens to violence, Punjab Chief Minister added fuel to the fire. He uttered indecent language when he threatened the female participants of ‘dharnas’ saying ‘if he allowed his tigers (workers) to deal with the women in the protest they would lose their makeup. This appeared to be an insult, not only to the women participants, but to women all over the world.

A seasoned politician like Mian Shehbaz Sharif should not have poured his prejudice against mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and granddaughters. The PM needs to stress upon his ministers, not to cross boundaries of decency while brick batting at their opponents, as efficiency lies in averting an unpleasant situation from happening than to repent after it has happened.

RAJA SHAFAATULLAH,

Islamabad, October 3.