PDM to challenge ‘controversial’ bills

Alliance of opposition parties gearing up anti-government drive 

By: News Desk      Published: 01:14 AM, 16 Nov, 2021
PDM to challenge ‘controversial’ bills

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to challenge the government's 'controversial' bills in the Supreme Court and gear up the anti-government drive, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Monday.

The alliance of opposition parties expressed resolve to step up joint efforts during a virtual meeting of the alliance. PDM President Fazlur Rehman chaired the meeting while ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, PkMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, BNP Chairman Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal joined it.

Kamran Murtaza, Attaullah Tarar and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi were tasked to present proposals to take the bills to the top court. The controversial bills include National Accountability (Third Amendment) Ordinance and EVM. PDM steering committee will meet on November 22 and present proposals and the final decision will be made on November 23.

The participants of the three-hour virtual meeting took up the ongoing political and economic issues. The ruling coalition partners are being forced to second such legislations, they claimed, adding that the PDM would let anyone interfere in its affair. The PDM declared the government’s practices are against the constitution.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Fazlur Rehman had a meeting a couple of days ago and declared that the opposition stood united in parliament, hinting at giving tough time to the rulers. He called for joint parliamentary action on electronic voting machines (EVMs) and accountability laws stressing that the government’s policies can only be foiled through the parliament.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani