Swat admin refuses to allow PDM rally
The Swat administration on Friday refused to allow Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to hold a public gathering in the city on July 4 (Sunday), citing security concerns, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Senator Maulana Ataur Rehman, brother of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and JUI-F Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Amir, who is also the event organizer, however, has vowed to go ahead with the gathering come what may.
Sources in the PDM told 24News TV channel that all arrangements for the PDM’s power show were complete.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will stay at Malam Jabba.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ameer Muqam said that Shehbaz would be brought to venue of the jalsa in a rally.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman will lead the rally from Katlang Interchange, Mardan to Swat.
Sources further said that small processions from adjoining areas such as Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera and Charsadda will join the rally at Katlang Interchange.
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will lead a rally from Buner while Asad Mehmood, Maulana Fazl’s son, will lead a rally from Matta, Swat.
Maulana Ataur Rehman has completed tours to Shangla, Dir, Swat, Buner, Malakand and other areas of the province while around 1,000 volunteers of Ansarul Islam in uniform will provide security to the participants.
Reporter Sajid Baloch