Govt members say Gujranwala rally would be a failure

Chohan claims opposition spent Rs1.03b on Gujranwala rally

By: News Desk      Published: 12:27 PM, 16 Oct, 2020
Govt members say Gujranwala rally would be a failure
A policeman stands next to parked trucks carrying containers before a roadblock near the motorway in Lahore.–AFP

Government members on Friday predicted that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Gujranwala would be a complete failure as the people were not interested in their agenda.

One of them was Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry who said the opposition won’t be able to fill Jinnah Stadium – the venue selected for the public gathering.

Fawad, in a tweet, said the opposition was supposed to fill the stadium but would not attract the crowd even to cover half of the capacity. It was Imran Khan who had people packed the ground around Minar-e-Pakistan, he added with reference to the Oct 30, 2011 PTI rally in Lahore.

Similarly, Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan described the opposition alliance as a ‘mixed pickle’ of 11 parties. Those involved in nepotism, money laundering, bogus money transfer, fake bank accounts and destroying the country’s economy could be found in the opposition parties, he said.

He said the people had no interest in the opposition parties’ and their activities, adding that the PDM rally would prove to be a failure.

Chohan claimed that the opposition parties have spent Rs1.03 billion on the Gujranwala rally. In a television interview, Chohan asked the opposition leaders where this money came from. He further said that the coronavirus has badly affected the country as two more Punjab ministers have been tested positive.

The PTI leader said that the opposition parties have been allowed to hold protest while following strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent the Covid-19 spread.

Chohan further warned that if the conspiracies of opposition parties continue, it will have worst effect on the economy.

The remarks came as PML-N leader Khurram Dastgir said although his city was facing state terrorism, the rally would be a great success.

In a tweet posted on Friday morning, the former federal minister shared a list, which has already gone viral on social media, prepared by the traffic police, mentioning 31 locations in the city where roads would be blocked by placing containers.