Rejecting the government’s request to defer the long march due to terrorism threats, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – a multi-party opposition alliance has decided to continue with the long march against the rising inflation as per schedule on March 23 (Pakistan Day).
PDM's chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, speaking to the media after concluding the all-parties session of the Opposition, said “Caravans from all over the country will leave for Islamabad on March 23.”
Responding to Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed’s request to postpone march due to Pakistan Day parade, the JUI-F chief said: “As far as the parade is concerned, it takes place from morning to afternoon and our marchers will enter Islamabad in the afternoon, so there is no conflict.”
The PDM head also warned the authorities against any attempt to use force to prevent the marchers from entering the federal capital.
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Speaking over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the PDM head said the opposition alliance had already rejected the Election Act Amendment Bill and will not accept general elections under electronic voting machines.
On in-house change, Fazlur Rehman was of the view that no decision was made so far on a proposal to bring an in-house change in Centre. “Support of all parties required to bring in-house change in Centre,” he added.
The PDM session, chaired by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, was attended by PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Bilal Kayani, National Party’s Abdul Malik, Aftab Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, Awais Noorani, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Siddiqul Farooq and Hafiz Hamdullah.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz attended the meeting via video-link. The PDM session was held at PML-N Secretariat.