PDM’s long march to set off for Islamabad on March 15
The leaders of Opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in their meeting in Islamabad on February 4 (tomorrow) will give final shape to the practical steps for enthusing new life into the anti-government protest campaign.
According to the sources, a decisive line of action has been framed to synchronize the major steps like long march, sit-in and resignations from the parliament.
Top PDM sources disclosed that the long march to Islamabad will most likely to start on March 15. After reaching the federal capital, the long march will be turned into a sit-in which will continue until Ramazan.
The sit-in will be suspended on April 12, a day before Ramazan and then an announcement to resume the protest sit-in after Eidul Fitr will be made. The sit-in then could continue for an indefinite period.
During that period, the first option to submit resignations from the National Assembly will be utilized and the last option for the opposition parties would be to quit the provincial assemblies to jam the system.
According to the sources, all PDM parties including the PPP and the PML-N have laid their focus on running a fierce movement against the government.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz had reached Islamabad on Tuesday. Before leaving Jati Umra, she told the media that victimizing the opposition, and not focusing on people’s welfare, was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sole concern.
She said when an ‘incompetent’ person would be made the country’s prime minister, then such an increase in prices was inevitable. “Only those rulers are answerable to the people who are elected, and not ‘selected’,” she taunted.
Maryam said if PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari put forward the proposal of in-house change through a no-confidence move in the parliament at the PDM’s meeting, her party would consider it.
The PML-N vice-president, however, at the same time, clarified that her and other parties believed in giving resignations from assemblies.
She clarified that her criticism of the institutions was not for the sake of criticism. Maryam said whenever a breach of the constitution would be committed, she would raise her voice against it. “And this is what I am doing these days,” she said and added, “The PDM, in its meeting on February 4 would chalk out a strategy with respect to ousting the present government.”
She said prices of essential items were constantly on the rise and people were screaming because of that.
She said that the PDM would devise a future course of action with respect to resignations at its huddle on February 4.
Maryam further said there was a consensus between all parties in the opposition’s alliance on the long march. “But when to begin it and what will be the duration of the sit-in, will be decided later,” she explained.
She said she did not believe the government would be able to complete its five-year term given such high inflation.