PDM sans PPP
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campaign against Govt

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership will hold a meeting today (Monday) chaired by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to discuss the evolving political situation in the country.

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and Vice-President Maryam Nawaz may also attend the meeting, where the PDM leadership will review the issues such as inflation, electoral reforms, the use of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), NAB (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, and others. Informed sources have said that third party PPP is not invited and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari or his no representative will attend the meeting.

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to launch a nationwide anti-government campaign against inflation and the recent hike in prices of petroleum products.

However, the date for the ‘long march’ to be staged in Islamabad would be decided in today’s meeting. The opposition alliance called on people to come out on the streets and join its rallies and public meetings.

PDM Head Maulana Fazlur Rehman along with PML-N Chief Shahbaz Sharif addressing a press conference.

The PDM, however, rejected any possibility of the return of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) into its fold.

On the other hand, PPP Chairman Bilawal-Bhutto Zardari, in a public meeting in Karachi’s Bagh-i-Jinnah on Sunday held to mark the anniversary of the 2007 Karsaz bombing on Benazir Bhutto’s convoy, also announced that his party would stage rallies across the country against inflation, with the main event scheduled for November 30 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the occasion of PPP’s founding day.

“I have talked to the heads of opposition parties in the PDM, including PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, and took them on board on the movement’s decision to hold rallies throughout the country,” PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said at a press conference.

Flanked by opposition leaders, including Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Maulana said that in the first phase, the opposition alliance would stage rallies in different cities for two weeks, but their schedule would be announced after a meeting on Monday (today).

According to a source in the PDM, the alliance would also announce the date for ‘long march’ in Islamabad.

“There is no question of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government completing their five-year term,” Maulana Fazl said.

He said there was no option of talks with the government as it was destined to go home, adding that “we are not playing a futile game”.

Responding to a question that if any hurdle was created in the way of PDM’s anti-government campaign, he said: “We are not afraid; no one can create any hurdle now.”

Asked about bringing a no-confidence motion against the prime minister or opting for resignations from the assemblies, Maulana Fazl said it was too early for such moves. “I appeal to the entire nation to come out without any fear and not let the rulers, who have become a source of sufferings for it, rule anymore,” Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), said, adding that the opposition parties were ready to fight against what he called “corrupt, incompetent and fake” government.