Permission or no permission, Gujranwala rally to go ahead: Khurram
PML-N leader Khurram Dastgir has warned that they will hold the opposition rally scheduled for Oct 16 in Gujranwala on GT Road if permission isn’t granted for organising the public meeting at Jinnah Stadium, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
Khurram gave this statement just a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the opposition leaders would end up in prison if they violated the law during the upcoming anti-government movement.
They gave application for the second time to get permission but no reply had so far been given by the district administration, Khurram told media persons after a meeting with the deputy commissioner.
The PML-N leader was talking about the rally planned by the recently-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) which is going to hold a series of gatherings across the country in October, November and December as part of the mass-contact drive against the government.
The opposition leaders had announced last month at an All Parties Conference held in Islamabad that they would resort to a long march if the PTI government failed to resign and announce fresh general elections.
Meanwhile, tendering resignations from the assemblies is also one of the options being considered by the opposition alliance to force the removal of incumbent setup.
Khurram said the first application was submitted on Oct 3 with another one presented as a reminder on Oct 9 (Friday). The PML-N lawmakers as well as party officials and its lawyer’s wing members were also present at Saturday’s meeting, he added.
The PML-N leader said the rally would be held at every cost. He, however, noted that some other elements wanted to hold a rally on GT Road on the same day which might cause law and order situation in the city.
“Gujranwala is PML-N’S city. The citizens want its security more than you [district administration],” he remarked.
On the other hand, the PML-N has started making preparations for the PDM rally to be held in Lahore on Dec 13 with the formation of a committee. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Malik Pervaiz were nominated as its convenor and co-convenor respectively.