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PDM stages protest outside ECP against delay in PTI foreign funding case

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – a 10-party opposition alliance seeking to oust the government – reached Islamabad on Tuesday where a protest was held outside the headquarters of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against what the PDM has called an “unacceptable delay” in the PTI foreign funding case.

Addressing the rally, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said the PDM parties had gathered outside the ECP to remind it of its constitutional obligations.

Commenting on the size of the crowd, she asked whether there had been a “misunderstanding” that the PDM’s planned long march was being held today. “From the huge size of the crowd, I feel like you had that misconception. If this is a protest rally, look and think what the condition will be when the public reaches here for the long march,” she told the rally.

Terming the PTI foreign funding case the “biggest fraud in Pakistan’s history”, she said although the cases against her father, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, were expedited and decided within days, the ECP had “only held 70 hearings” of the PTI case since 2014.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the incumbent rulers will not find a way to escape when the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will launch its long march against them.

“Those in power selected an ineligible person for the top slot and imposed him on the masses,” he said. “Those elements had the sole agenda of appointing him so they could progress with their plans.”

“This government doesn’t know how to run the country or its economy, and it is completely devoid of such abilities.”

Fazl-ur-Rehman further said, “the incumbent rulers took foreign funds to come into power,” adding, “today’s protest is only a glimpse of what will be happening later.”

The JUI-F chief also announced a ‘large protest’ at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on February 5 against the PTI-led government on the sidelines of the rallies in support of Kashmiris.

“If the ECP still decides to support an ineligible government and its team, then we cannot have faith in the authority in the future.”

“We will continue to protest against this government until its dismissed,” he remarked.

It may be noted here that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is skipping the protest today as he participates in party celebrations for winning Umerkot by-polls.

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