Opposition to take over Minar-e-Pakistan on Thursday
Despite registration of cases and arrests, the opposition is defiant and ready for a showdown as the PDM leaders have decided to enter the Minar-e-Pakistan tomorrow (Thursday), reported 24NewsHD on Wednesday.
The decision came as the government isn’t giving permission to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to hold the December 13 rally at the venue, citing coronavirus spread and the excuse that the Minar-e-Pakistan and Greater Iqbal Park are a heritage site.
According to sources, the provincial leadership of the PDM’s component parties will enter the venue at 2pm to start making preparations for the public meeting which is being described as “the last nail in government’s coffin”.
They would stay there till the completion of this rally so that the arrangements could be made for the rally.
It would be a repeat of what happened in Multan where the opposition workers and leaders led by the sons of former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani had removed all the barricades and forced their way into the Qasim Bagh Stadium.
Although the district administration had later taken over the control back, but the venue was later opened for the opposition on November 30 – the very day the rally was to be held.
However, the PDM had decided against staging the gathering in the Qasim Bagh Stadium as they could not make any arrangements for sound system and lighting. Instead, the rally was held outside on the road – Chowk Ghanta Ghar which is one of the busiest crossings in the city.
One doesn’t know what is going to happen on December 13 but it was earlier reported that the PDM had already started considering Taxali Gate as an alternate location. However, it hasn’t been confirmed at official level by any of the opposition party or leader.
In fact, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman again vowed after the PDM meeting on Tuesday that the rally would be held at Minar-e-Pakistan.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government employed the decades-old formula and watered the Greater Iqbal Park where the Minar-e-Pakistan is located.
And just a few hours later, Firdous Ashiq Awan – special assistant to the Punjab chief minister – claimed at a press conference that the government won’t create any hurdles in holding the event.
When a reporter asked her about pumping water into the ground, Awan described it as some negligible and asserted that law would come into action if the coronavirus SOPs were violated.
But the PML-N leaders have been visiting the venue for the last few days for arrangements as the party is responsible for hosting the event given that Lahore is its stronghold.
Azma Bokhari – the provincial information secretary – is one of them as she changed her Twitter profile picture with a one in which she is seen at Minar-e-Pakistan.
Bike rally in Lahore
The PML-N Youth Wing has organised a bike rally from its Model Town secretariat to Minar-e-Pakistan as part of its mobilisation campaign as the participants are currently passing though different roads. They reached Minar-e-Pakistan in the evening.
دیکھو دیکھو کون آیا— PDM Updates (@PdmUpdates) December 9, 2020
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