PDM rally: Multan police register case against opposition leaders, workers
Police in Multan registered a case against PML-N and PPP leaders and workers for their attempt to enter the Qasim Bagh Stadium in connection with the planned opposition rally, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
Ali Kasim Gilani, Abdul Qadir Gilani, Sheikh Tahir Rashid, Javed Siddiqui and Abdul Wahid Arain are among the 30 persons accused of breaking and stealing the lock at the main entrance and trying to stop officials from performing their duties.
According to police, the nominated persons fled the scene after the staff and security guards offered resistance to them and they are conducting raids to arrest them.
In his reaction, Kasim said the Punjab government had “registered a bogus FIR” against them “based on false and ridiculous charges”.
In a series of tweets, he said “the selected rulers” wanted “to fight democratic, peaceful opposition with a police state” but “they will fail” just like those in the past.
Kasim’s claim certainly carries weight as he shared a tweet posted by a Twitter account associated with the Gillani family which shared a footage of Rohi TV – a sister organisation of 24NewsHD TV channel. His retweet also contained an additional video clip.
As seen in the video clip, the tweet said Kasim, the chief coordinator of PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) committee for the Multan rally, as well as Ali Haider Gillani, Abdul Qadir Gillani, Abdul Rehman Kanju, Sheikh Tahir Rashid Abdul Wahid Arain and others visited the venue in connection with the planned November 30 rally.
پی ڈی ایم کمیٹی ملتان کا جلسے کے لیئے قاسم باغ اسٹیڈیم کا دورہ— GilaniHouseMediaCell (@gillanihouse_MC) November 24, 2020
پی ڈی ایم کمیٹی قیادت چیف کورآرڈینیٹر جلسہ 30 نومبر قاسم گیلانی نے کی
ایم پی اے سید علی حیدر گیلانی، سیدعبدالقادر گیلانی، عبدالرحمان کانجو,شیخ طارق رشید,عبدالوحید آرائیں و دیگربھی شریک@ahaidergilani86 @KasimGillani pic.twitter.com/pqmvIuxqHL
On the occasion, the opposition leaders also talked to the Rohi TV as the PDM has vowed to go ahead with the planned public gathering which is fifth in the series of similar events after the show of power in Gujranwala, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.
The opposition parties have repeatedly rejected the ban imposed on political gatherings citing the coronavirus with PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah saying that they were informing the government about the rallies, not seeking permission.