PDM rally to go ahead come what may, says Fazl
Asks workers to use respond if administration uses force against them
Head of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Sunday said that the PDM rally in Multan on Monday will be held at any cost, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing media men after chairing a key meeting of PDM leaders in Multan, the JUI-F chief accused the incumbent government of committing state terrorism. The PDM workers are being arrested in Multan to impede the rally, he added.
Maulana Fazl said leaders and workers of PDM parties must come to the rally venue by overcoming all the barriers on their way. “If the authorities use force against them they are also allowed to use force,” he added.
Maulana Fazl said that people will reach the venue by crossing all the barriers placed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and the administration which were using ‘dirty tactics’. “The flood of people will sweep away any force with it,” he added.
Maulana Fazl also announced to protest against the government on Friday and Sunday next. “If anyone uses baton against you, you are allowed to use batons,” the PDM chief told workers.
Earlier, the JUI-F chief had chaired a key meeting of the PDM leader over the arrest of workers ahead of the Multan rally scheduled for November 30 (Monday-tomorrow).
Ex-Prime Minister (PM) and leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Yousaf Raza Gilani, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) leader Maulana Anas Noorani, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Rana Sanaullah and others participated in the PDM session.
During the meeting, the leaders mulled strategy over the detention of their workers.
The meeting came after local government arrested more than 80 activists over a clash with police officers deployed at Multan’s Qasim Bagh Stadium.
The political workers carried out a rally from Gilani House and clashed with police at Chowk Ghanta Ghar. The security personnel also arrested Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Qasim Gilani and PML-N leader Saad Khursheed Kanju. Workers of PDM were also nabbed from Vehari, Dunyapur, Liaquatput and Jhang.
Those challenging state’s writ to be dealt with iron hand: Firdous
Special Assistant to Punjab CM on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Sunday that those challenging the writ of the state will be dealt with an iron hand.
While pointing towards the upcoming rally of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Multan, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said in a Twitter message that the provincial authorities could not put the lives of the citizens in danger due to the ‘politically unemployed people’ amid the latest wave of coronavirus pandemic.
She added that the government is not concerned with the opposition’s rallies, but it has prioritised to secure the lives of the citizens regardless of their political affiliations.