Opposition calls for PM's resignation, fresh elections

To launch joint struggle against govt under Pakistan Democratic Movement

By: News Desk      Published: 09:46 PM, 20 Sep, 2020
Opposition calls for PM's resignation, fresh elections
Key leaders of the opposition parties attend an all parties conference in Islamabad on Sunday.

The All Parties Conference of the opposition political parties in Islamabad on Sunday decided to work together under the banner of the Pakistan Democratic Movement to rid the country of the “anti-poor and selected government”. 

Announcing the joint declaration, JUI-F President Fazlur Rehman warned against interference in the political process. He called for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and fresh elections in the country. He said the “selected government” led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was responsible for the fall of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said the opposition political parties would launch a joint protest movement to rid the country of the incumbent rulers. He said that collective resignations from the assemblies were also one of the options the opposition political parties could use during the anti-government movement. He said that a long march against the government would be organised in January next year. 

Fazl called upon the government to release all political leaders who were behind the bars on different charges. He said that all missing persons should be released. He said the PTI government pushed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into darkness. 

Speaking on the occasion, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said the incumbent government led by the PTI had become a threat to the country and it would not be tolerated. He said that all decisions at the APC were taken with consensus. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would not take the opposition along even in matters of national interest. 

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that opposition parties would launch the anti-government movement from tomorrow. He said that revival of “a true democracy” in the country was the goal of the opposition parties. He said that opposition political parties would not sit idle; they would get rid of the “selected government” at any cost. He said that opposition political parties would run the anti-government campaign with full force. He however said the new alliance would not take any unconstitutional path to remove the government.

Plan Of Action:

The APC has prepared the following plan of action:

In the first phase of its anti-government movement, the opposition parties will hold joint public meetings and rallies in all four provinces of the country in October. 

In the second phase, large public gatherings and rallies will be organized jointly in December. 

In the third phase, the opposition parties will organize a decisive long march towards Islamabad. 

They will use all options inside and outside the parliament to remove the government. Resignations from the assemblies and a no-confidence movement are also part of the plan. 

As opposition parties have announced a protest movement against the government, they will invite lawyers, traders, farmers, civil society and the masses to join the movement.