Pakistan Democratic Movement announces first public rally on Oct 11
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) an alliance of Opposition parties on Tuesday announced to hold the first public gathering in Baluchistan’s provincial capital Quetta on 11 October, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The opposition leaders including former prime ministers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talking to media persons Islamabad said that
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf vowed and said opposition parties will show its democratic resolve in a public gathering that PDM will only go forward in a democratic way using the people’s power.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the rally will get rid of rulers and this movement will install real democratic movement in Pakistan’s political history.
The convener will be based on rotation and for the first month, PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal has been nominated for the convenorship of PDM.
Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri addressing a media person said the meeting of the opposition leaders showed concern and condemned the arrest of the Opposition leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif.
“The government has done nothing for the people but made false promises like 1m0 million jobs,” he further said.
The arrest of PML-N leaders was strongly opposed and condemned by the opposition parties and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif said it does not matter even all the leaders of the PML-N would be put into the jails like Shahbaz Sharif, the party will abide by the APC’s declaration.
This is the first public rally announced by the opposition’s PDM after the September 20th All Parties Conference (APC) in which PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister made a comeback to the national politics after almost a year and virtually addressed the multi parties gathering.
Addressing the participants of the conference via a video link from London, Nawaz Sharif outrightly thanked PPP for extending an invitation to him and emphasized that Pakistan is going through a "crucial time" as both democracy and economy of the country are endangered by the immature policies of the PTI government.
Nawaz Sharif said “We are not against Imran Khan. We are fighting against those who brought Imran Khan into power.”
"If we don't do it, take a step today, when will we. Otherwise, the nation will be disappointed,” said Nawaz, who has been in the UK since November last year for medical treatment.
"I agree with Maulana (Fazlur Rehman) that we need to make this conference purposeful or the people will be disappointed,” PML-N supremo said.
PDM Convener Ahsan Iqbal said PDM is a platform which will put the country on the democratic path.
He urged to restore the constitution of Pakistan and the sanctity of the parliament.
He said PDM will not allow the upcoming elections of the Gilgit Baltistan in November 2020 on the pattern of 2018.