Aseefa Bhutto to address Multan rally, says Yousaf Gilani

PDM to go ahead with Lahore public meeting, says arrests do not weaken movements

By: News Desk
Published: 12:48 PM, 27 Nov, 2020
Aseefa Bhutto to address Multan rally, says Yousaf Gilani
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Amid the police crackdown on opposition leaders and workers, former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday said Aseefa Bhutto Zardari would address the November 30 opposition rally in Multan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The move came as PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari won’t be able to attend the event after being infected by the coronavirus. He has currently in isolation and will not even attend the engagement ceremony of his sister Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari in Karachi on Friday (today).

“We can give the surprise of Aseefa Bhutto’s participation in Multan rally,” Gilani said in Multan and warned that rallies would be held across the city if the public meeting wasn’t allowed at Qasim Bagh Stadium.

Meanwhile, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the fascist regime was afraid of his party workers and continuing with arresting democratic activists in Multan.

He was commenting on a tweet containing a video that showed some detained PPP workers bundled into a van but still charged and chanting slogans.

“Try as they might, they cannot stop PPP from marking our foundation day along with PDM leaders on 30th November,” Bilawal reaffirmed.

Earlier on Thursday, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz had told reporters in Lahore that the party supremo, Nawaz Sharif, had specially directed her to attend the Multan rally despite the recent demise of Begum Shamim Akhtar – her grandmother.   

On the other hand, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to go ahead with its plan to hold a rally in Lahore on December 13, saying they would not allow the government to hide behind the coronavirus.

In this connection, sources say, the opposition alliance made it clear that the future line of action would be announced at the public meeting in Lahore. Arrests make any movement stronger, not weaker, the PDM maintained and added that the rally would be held on the announced date and place – Minar-e-Pakistan. 

Meanwhile, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman – who is also the PDM head – directed all the component parties to expedite their preparations for the power show in Lahore.

On the other hand, the administration has placed around 30 containers around Qasim Bagh in Multan where the opposition parties will hold their rally.

Amid the ongoing crackdown in southern Punjab, police arrested former PPP MNA Rana Liaquat in Kahror Pakka, a town and tehsil in Lodhran district.

Reacting to the arrest, local PPP leader Danish Khan said every party worker was ready for the referendum against the government, adding that the arrests won’t be able to sabotage the public gathering.

Meanwhile, arrests were also made in Shujabad and other areas as PPP leader Kasim Gilani in a tweet on Thursday night shared the pictures of detained party workers and said the images were a reflection of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s fascist regime.  

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On the other hand, PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah told reporters in Lahore that they would nominate Imran Khan as an accused if any untoward incident happened in Multan.