PDM to kick off 'mehngai' marches in provinces from 13th before long march
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The opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Saturday decided to hold marches in all provinces from Karachi on Nov 13 that would convert later into a decisive long march against the Imran led government.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the PDM virtual meeting of bigwigs decided to hold a march in Quetta on Nov 17, Peshawar on Nov 20 and the last rally would be held in Lahore.
After the meeting, PDM Secretary General Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced the schedule of the marches saying that the PDM would start its long march toward Islamabad to oust the Imran led government after the Lahore march.
He told the media about the declaration of the meeting and said that the final date of the long march would be announced in the third week of this month.
Abbasi said this was decided in the virtual meeting of the bigwigs of the PDM presided by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, Shah Awais Noorani, Ishaq Dar, Prof Sajid Mir, Senator Tahir Bizenjo, and other leaders attended the meeting.
The PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif also addressed the PDM caucus via video link. Former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Hafiz Hamdullah also participated in the meeting.
Abbasi told the media that the PDM's online summit decides to hold a nationwide march against inflation that would be started in all four provinces of the country.
He said that the PDM leaders had agreed all provincial inflation marches would end in a long march against the sitting government on the issue of inflation.
The PDM Secretary said that the meeting rejected the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), electoral reforms, NAB Amendment Ordinance and Internet Voting.
He said that the PDM meeting also demanded legal action against the responsible people involved in the rigging in Daska by-elections following the sayings of the inquiry report.
Abbasi said the meeting strongly condemned the worst inflation in the country and rejected the worst increase in prices of electricity, gas, petrol, flour, ghee, sugar, medicine and other essential commodities.
He claimed that now this long march would end only by sending Imran Khan home. He said that a strategy of protest was planned inside and outside the parliament.
In the meeting, Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif was given the responsibility of formulating a strategy to get engaged with all parties in Parliament.