PDM in Multan will go ahead as planned on Monday despite arrests: Fazlur Rehman
The opposition’s rally in Multan will go ahead as planned on Monday (tomorrow), the President of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said. He condemned the government’s move to arrest workers of Pakistan People Party (PPP) and other opposition parties.
According to media reports, Maulana Fazlur Rehman has stated these while addressing the media along with Pakistan Mulim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab President Rana Sanaullah and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday.
The PDM President further stated that the PDM had initially decided to organise a long march to Islamabad in Jan 2021, however, it seems like the government wants us to march to Islamabad earlier [than scheduled] and tell them what they are worth. He stressed that the rally will be held at Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh [stadium] and all workers will be there.
While answering a question about the attendence of PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz at tomorrow’s rally, Rana Sanaullah said that the PDM had not started the movement with the government’s permission and Maryam Nawaz didn’t join after government approval either.He said that she will attend the rally tomorrow and will break all barriers.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has been saying for three years that he won’t spare anyone. Now we won’t spare him,” he said.
Rana Sanaullah also condemned the arrest of PDM workers by police earlier in the day. He said that the alliance has mobilised the People’s Lawyers Forum over the arrests.
According to Dawn, the Multan police arrested more than 20 workers of the PPP and other parties aligned with the PDM, including Ali Qasim Gilani, after they attempted to remove containers and roadblocks in front of the stadium, the venue for the PDM’s fifth power show. Yesterday, PPP workers stormed into the stadium in order to set the stage and make arrangements for the opposition’s rally after removing the barriers placed around the venue by the police.
Police and district administration cleared the venue later that night. However, PDM leaders tried to remove the containers and bring equipment for the rally again, after which police confiscated their crane and arrested Ali Qasim Gilani, former member of the provincial assembly (MPA) Javed Siddiqui, Syed Arif Shah Saad Kanju and 25 other party workers.