PDM Refuses to Cancel Rally in Multan

An 11-party alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), claims that it has only one objective, which is to oust the current PTI government. As part of their vow, they have announced that they will go ahead with their previously scheduled rally in the city of Multan. 

They have declared that they will not be scared off by the authorities taking legal action against the activists of the PDM. The government has accused the opposition parties of trying to instigate violence whereas, they have clearly stated that they will not stop their power show. 

Fazlur Rehman, the chief of JUI-F, gave a speech regarding the rally in Multan. He said that it will be held as scheduled at the Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh. He informed that all the activists and leaders of the PDM will attend the gathering despite being threatened by legal action. 

Rehman, the head of the opposition alliance, spoke at a press conference on Sunday, where he was accompanied by two important activists of the PDM. Former premier and PPP leader, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Rana Sanaullah, a leader of the PML-N, sat right beside the JUI-F chief. 

The head of the alliance claimed that the state is terrorizing the citizens of the country. Just a day earlier, the activists from PDM had clashed with the administration of Multan, when the latter tried to jump over the barricades that had been placed at the venue of the rally. This particular procession was being hosted by PPP to celebrate their foundation day. 

The police had rounded up more than 25 leaders of the PDM including Javed Siddiqui, former MPA, and Qasim Ali Gilani, the son of Yousuf Raza Gilani. Additionally, law enforcement officials had seized the crane that had been brought specifically for the rally. Political activists had set up beds at the stadium, who were baton-charged by the police. 

Just a few days ago, the government had placed a ban on any and all political gatherings due to the rise in coronavirus cases. However, the PDM had ignored these orders and went ahead with its rally in Peshawar. Now the PDM is determined to stage its fifth power show in the city of Multan. 

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, is adamant about ensuring that the opposition party does not continue to stage its public gatherings. He has urged them to call off these power shows in view of the second wave of the coronavirus.  

On the other hand, the chief of JUI-F informed the public that activists of the opposition had been arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan. 

He also added that the opposition alliance had decided that they would march towards Islamabad in the first month of next year. However, in his opinion, the PDM may have to stage the long march ahead of its schedule if the government continues to try and prevent them from holding rallies. 

The Maulana also pointed out that the PTI government had refused to give them permission to hold a rally in Peshawar but, had gone on to stage their own rally in Swat.