Monday Oct 18 2021

PDM leadership to discuss Islamabad march, anti-govt jalsas in meeting today

Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Photo: AFP
Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Photo: AFP

  • PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, Vice-President Maryam Nawaz likely to attend meeting.
  • Meeting to discuss current political situation in Pakistan.
  • PDM leaders to take up inflation, electoral reforms, use of EVMs and other issues in meeting. 

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will preside over a meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership today (Monday) to discuss the evolving political situation in the country.

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and Vice-President Maryam Nawaz are likely to attend the meeting, which will take into stock various issues such as inflation, electoral reforms, the use of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), NAB (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, and others.

The leaders are also likely to discuss the PDM's schedule for protests in November and December, as well as the prospective Islamabad march by the Opposition. 

Opposition to hold countrywide protest against inflation within two weeks

On Sunday, Fazl had announced that within the next two weeks, the Opposition will hold countrywide protests against the surging inflation.

"As soon as we are done with the celebrations of the Eid Milad un Nabi (SAW), we will start a full-fledged campaign against inflation," he had said while speaking to the media after holding an informal meeting with PDM members at his residence.

Shahbaz Sharif, after a telephonic conversation with Fazl the same day, had confirmed that the Opposition will start a campaign against the rising inflation in Pakistan. 

'PPP to continue anti-govt campaign until PM Imran Khan's ouster'

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday said that the PPP will continue its anti-government campaign until Prime Minister Imran Khan is ousted.

Addressing a rally at Karachi’s Bagh-e-Jinnah in commemoration of those martyred in 2007 in the twin terror attacks in the city's Karsaz area, Bilawal claimed that the countdown to the government's end has begun.

The PPP chairman said that the masses are suffering from "unprecedented" inflation as he continued to criticise the incumbent PTI government.

Recalling how PM Khan had earlier said that growing inflation indicates that the premier is a thief, Bilawal said: "Pakistan has never seen a bigger thief in power than the current PM. This is the Naya Pakistan of Imran Khan, where inflation is skyrocketing."

"Whatever task Imran Khan undertook saw destruction instead of the promised tabdeeli (change)," he said.