Leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) said Monday that they would proceed with the December 13 meeting in Lahore, despite the government’s warning of legal action.
The statement came a day before a meeting of the leaders of the PDM’s coalition parties in Islamabad to review arrangements for the Lahore meeting and finalize a strategy for the next phase of the anti-government campaign.
The government has decided to go ahead with the Lahore rally despite concerns about the spread of Quid-19 and warnings of legal action.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore today, PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the government had changed its tactics in an attempt to prevent the opposition from holding a rally.
“The prime minister does not realize that these things do not close the meeting. Martial law used harsh tactics but the rallies and movements did not stop.
He further said that the people of Pakistan are fed up with the government and national affairs. “It’s time for them to leave,” he said, adding that the government was “fascist”.
“Some lived back and forth in politics, but the culture of mudslinging and swearing is what they call it [government] He said he had never been seen before in his time.
He added that the PDM had reviewed the situation and formed committees to prepare for the next rally in Lahore. “The PDM leadership has decided to hold a meeting on December 13,” he said.
Rana Sanaullah of PML-N said that the leaders of the closed parties would meet tomorrow and visit the venue of the rally and see the preparations deliberately. Millions of workers will attend the Lahore meeting. This requires complete arrangements. They cannot be noticed without a proper sound system.
He added that it was the Deputy Commissioner’s job to talk about administrative measures, not the Prime Minister’s. “[Imran] He is saying that he will not allow the arrangement of chairs and lights and will not allow the stage. And [in the same breath] They say they will not stop us from meeting.
In an interview with a private TV channel on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the government would not allow opposition parties to hold a public meeting, but also announced that it would not refrain from doing so.
The Prime Minister had said that cases would be registered against the opposition leaders and all those who would assist them in arranging public rallies in violation of standard operating procedures to curb the spread of Code 19.
“We have decided not to allow them (the opposition) to hold a public meeting. In an interview to Hum Awaaz TV, the Prime Minister had said that an FIR would be registered against those who provided him with sound systems and chairs.
“They tried to stop us in Multan, but we still rallied,” Sanaullah said. When the government uses such tactics, then the number of people does not matter. The important thing is whether the rally was held or not.
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He added that the government and its representatives should have been “embarrassed” after the Multan power show.
“The meeting will take place at any cost. People from the province and across the country will gather in Lahore to express their dissatisfaction with the present government and resolve to end the game that has been played for the last 70 years. The sanctity of the vote must be respected.
Muhammad Safiullah of the JUI-F said that the party’s position since day one was that the government was not the elected representative of the people and they should go home. “On December 13, the Pakistani people will show the government that they cannot remain in power and they have been rejected.”
“In response to the” threats “made by the prime minister, we want to say that the rally will be organized and the minaret will be in Pakistan,” he said. “There are no two opinions on that.”
He further said that the Home Minister should don the uniform of a station house officer instead of issuing threats using the Home Ministry.
The JUI-F leader was referring to a December 6 Interior Ministry notification directing provincial governments to “immediately assess the threat”. [posed by militias of political and religious organisations]”And take steps to stop their work and development.
It states that “some political and religious organizations have formed their own militias which have resorted to wearing uniforms / ranks like the formal armed forces / law enforcement agencies” and consider themselves to be military organizations that violate the constitution. Is a violation of Article 256 of the Constitution. Of the National Action Plan
The ministry said that if not controlled in any way, it would further aggravate the complex security situation.
During today’s press conference, Sanaullah stressed that the venue of the meeting would not be changed at any cost.
He added that the PDM leadership had decided that at least 500 workers would be assigned to deal with security and traffic arrangements. If we give them special uniforms or hats now, will they become militias? This is ridiculous and a sign of the government’s panic. Our movement is peaceful.
Maryam invited the supporters to a meeting in Lahore
The next day, addressing a large crowd in Lahore’s NA-128 constituency, PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz called the prime minister, asking him to provide “chairs and tents” for the PDM meeting. Will not do it”. “Tell me, do you need chairs?”
Maryam also took the opportunity to invite the people of the city to the upcoming PDM meeting. “Lahoreis will show their true colors. If this fake government stops you, will you stop? If the rally is not allowed, will it not happen? ”
He added that he had high “hopes” for Lahore as it had given Pakistan a “son like Nawaz Sharif”. He said that the rally in Lahore would show the government that the days of its rule are numbered.
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