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PDM likely to announce long march date today

All eyes are on Pakistan Democratic Alliance meeting on Thursday (today), where the 11-party alliance is expected to finalise its plan of action against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

According to sources, tabling of no-confidence motion against the government suggested by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also come under discussion during the meeting.

Earlier on Wednesday, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif had a telephonic conversation to formulate a political strategy for the future.

The two opposition leaders discussed PDM’s strategy going forward, with the PML-N leader agreeing with Fazlur Rehman’s suggestions. According to sources, Nawaz Sharif extended full support to resignations, long march and sit-in.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz also called on head of PDM and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence in Islamabad on Wednesday night.

However reports have suggested that all parties in the alliance, except the PPP, are in favour of resignations and long march option, saying that a no-confidence motion would be futile given the opposition’s defeat in the no confidence vote against the Senate chairman, despite a majority in the house.

“We don’t want to be part of any unconstitutional move like sit-ins or send the government through the march. We should bring no-confidence motion which is the legal way,” senior PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi told a press conference in Karachi.

“It’s now do-or-die situation. The decision will be made with the consent of all parties. If the PPP does not agree on resignations and long march options then PDM can go ahead whatever is decided by rest of the parties,” a senior PML-N leader said on Wednesday.

“It means that the PDM can part ways with the PPP in this situation,” he told a meeting of the party’s working group at the residence of former prime minister and Senior Vice President of the party, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

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