Blasting govt, PDM leaders remind ECP of its duty in foreign funding case
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders in their speeches outside the ECP building in Islamabad on Tuesday questioned as to why foreign funding case against the ruling PTI is not being decided, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The PDM leaders strongly criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the PTI’s foreign funding case.
The leaders maintained that the PTI fought elections with the money provided by India and Israel.
PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the sooner this government goes the better.
"Why this case is not being decided?" Maryam Nawaz questioned while addressing the rally in front of Election Commission of Pakistan.
She criticized the PTI government for high inflation, levelled allegations of corruption and failed policies.
The much-talked-about protest demonstration of the PDM component parties held outside the ECP building in the Red Zone of Islamabad on Tuesday.
The component parties in Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) staged the demonstration in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Islamabad to protest against the delay in the foreign funding case involving ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
The protest gathering was led by PDM President and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will also participate in the demonstration.
Fazl says funds mustered by PTI may be used to destabilise country
Before leaving for the protest, PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman while talking to media outside his residence in Islamabad said, they are going to register protest outside the ECP against the delaying tactics adopted by the ruling party PTI in the foreign funding case.
Fazl alleged the ruling party had received funds from the anti-Pakistan elements and had failed yet to give details of their donors. He said this funding could be used to destabilize the country.
Fazl said they would hold a big rally in Rawalpindi on February 5 to show solidarity with the Kashmiris and to protest the Kashmir policy of the incumbent government.
Huddle at Fazl house
An important meeting of the leaders of the PDM component parties was held at the residence of Maulana Fazlur Rehman over lunch.
Maryam Nawaz, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Sherry Rehman, Sajid Mir, Mir Kabir Shehi, Pervaiz Rashid, Khurram Dastgir, Kamran Murtaza and Amir Haider Hoti participated in the meeting chaired by Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Breakfast at Committee Chowk
The PDM has set up a reception camp at Faizabad to assist the protesters.
Activists of the PDM component parties have gathered in Rawalpindi’s Iqbal Park before they set off their march towards the ECP office in Islamabad.
PML-N leaders and workers in Rawalpindi were ready to take part in the protest demonstration. Local PML-N leader Sajjad Khan arranged breakfast for the party activists at Committee Chowk.
Keeping in view the Opposition’s protest plan, the authorities have beefed up the security inside the Red Zone of Islamabad especially around the PM House.
CEC chairs meeting
The Chief Election Commissioner chaired an important meeting at the ECP regarding security which was also attended by the Interior Ministry representative.
The Interior Ministry representative briefed the meeting about the security arrangements made in the wake of the PDM protest demonstration outside the ECP building.
The meeting could not decide on whether the CEC should meet the PDM leaders who asked for a meeting with the ECP chief.
The meeting decided that no political leader or activist will be allowed to enter the ECP building.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had told PDM leaders that for the first time they were being allowed inside the Red Zone for a protest outside the ECP building, but they will also have to show responsibility.
He on Monday said there will be no containers, no other hurdle in their way. “We will give them a free hand since the protest is their right,” he said, but in the same breath added that they should also bear in mind that there was a limit to protest and that they would not take law into their own hands.
Sheikh Rashid said the government would defend the ECP building as well as other buildings during the opposition’s protest.
However, he warned the JUI-F against bringing seminary students to the protest venue. “We will take action against the concerned seminaries if that happens,” he said.
He said Rawalpindi and Islamabad were on red alert since December 15.