Bagh-e-Jinnah PDM jalsa in Karachi was set to begin at 4:30pm; Maulana Fazl, Maryam Nawaz in Karachi
Updated Sunday Oct 18 2020
KARACHI: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) gears up for its second power show in three days against the PTI-led government at Bagh e Jinnah in Karachi today.
The PDM flexed its political muscles and held its first power show in Gujranwala on Friday, October 16 where it lashed out at PM Imran Khan and his government.
PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has left the hospital — where Zardari is being treated — after an hour long meeting with the former president.
4:20pm — Maryam Nawaz pays respect to Quaid-e-Azam
PPP convoys headed towards Bagh e Jinnah as the rally is set to begin at 4:30pm.
Banners welcoming PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz in Karachi were put up in different parts of the city.
Maryam arrived a few hours ago in the city and was accorded a warm welcome by PML-N party workers who accompanied her to the Quaid's mausoleum.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman met PPP leader and former president Asif Ali Zardari in a private hospital, sources informed Geo News.
The JUI-F chief, according to sources, asked about the former president's health and held discussions on the country's political situation and the PDM alliance.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill lashed out at opposition parties in Gujranwala, saying that the Opposition had brought a 'rented crowd' to their political gathering a few days ago in the city.
"All thieves have united, Imran Khan said this well before," he said. "This narrative of Nawaz Sharif, which was prepared in London, will not work. We will hold you accountable," he added.
Participants of the PDM jalsa in Bagh e Jinnah will be provided free masks and sanitizers by People's Doctor Forum.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz is leading a convoy of PML-N workers to the Quaid's mausoleum where she is expected to stop and offer fateha.
Sindh government representative Murtaza Wahab said that the PDM will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of incompetent rulers. "Days of the government that supports mafias are numbered," he said.
Wahab said that PPP workers will arrive at the venue keeping in mind the coronavirus SOPs. "A new era in the country will begin under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto," he said.
Punjab information minister Fayyaz Chohan said that the "spiritual, ideological" leaders of the Taliban were overseeing the Karachi jalsa at Bagh-e- Jinnah.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says no conspiracy against the people of Pakistan will succeed, referring to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's recent speech at the Gujranwala PDM jalsa.
Addressing a news conference, the foreign minister said that the Opposition does not have any a magic wand through which it can solve the problems of the people.
"Opposition were given a chance in the past to solve people's problems," he said.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz has landed in Karachi. She left for Jati Umrah this morning. The PML-N leader is among the few who will take to the stage and address the thousands who gather at Bagh e Jinnah today.
Sources told Geo News that the PPP has provided Maryam former Sindh provincial minister Sharjeel Memon's bombproof car in which she is travelling.