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PDM announces long march towards Islamabad on March 26

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Thursday announced it will stage a long march against the PTI government on March 26, seen as one of the major components of the opposition’s anti-government movement started last year.

Caravans of long march will leave for Islamabad from across the country on March 26,” Rehman said.

Rehman added that the PDM had decided that “we will contest the Senate elections jointly; there will be a joint strategy for it and we will not compete against each other. We will field joint candidates.”

He refused to divulge details of how long the long march would last, but said its objective was “to rid the nation of an illegitimate and incompetent government and return to it the vote that was stolen from it”.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also floated the proposal of no-confidence move against the prime minister. “We thoroughly discussed the option of no-confidence move and it was decided that the same option will be considered after the Senate elections,” Fazlur Rehman told newsmen. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif also participated in the meeting through video linking and proposed that the option of no-confidence move and resignations should be considered after the Senate elections. He also asked the PDM leaders to remain steadfast and hold protest demonstrations across the country.

The meeting also rejected commission headed by Justice (R) Azmat Saeed on Broadsheet issue feeling that it was an attempt to cover up misdeed and corruption. On issue of approval of development funds for ruling party’s parliamentarians, Fazlur Rehman said it was Imran Khan who used to say that such practice was like bribing members of Parliament. He also noted that the Supreme Court had also taken suo moto notice on announcement of the prime minister in this regard.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif said there is no need to remove Usman Buzdar as in his presence everyone realise the difference between fake government and PML-N government. To a question, she said Maulana Fazlur Rehman did not make any remarks about the establishment but the media twisted it.

She said that the PDM would strongly oppose whoever join in any undemocratic action. She said incompetent person like Imran Khan is playing with the lives of the people due to incompetency and incapability.

She said the issue of local government election raised only to make an effort to sabotage the long march. “The caravans of people will come out to march towards Islamabad on March 26,” she said.

In reply to another question, Maryam Nawaz hoped that Shahbaz Sharif will soon be among the people. “His health is not well,” she said.

Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has said that if the opposition parties fulfill their desire for a long march, the government will welcome them.

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