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PDM announces to resume anti-government rallies

Opposition alliance PDM has announced to resume the movement’s activities with more anti-government rallies and that it will work alongside Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) in the Parliament.

This was announced after today’s PDM meeting at PML-N’s Islamabad Secretariat, which was chaired by PDM head Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also announced the schedule for public rallies in the upcoming months, beginning with a demonstration in Swat on July 4. This will be followed by a rally in Karachi on July 29 and then another in Islamabad on August 14, he said, adding that the alliance would also show solidarity with the Kashmiris and the Palestinians.

Rehman said that the PML-N will host a seminar for all political parties on the upcoming budget, the responsibility of which had been given to Shehbaz. “The purpose of the seminar will be to give a tough time to the government and to establish unity on the budget,” he said.

“The PDM strictly condemns the attacks on journalists and media persons, and expresses complete solidarity with the community,” he said, adding that the PDM leadership would also visit the homes of the affected journalists to express their sympathy, naming Asad Ali Toor and Absar Alam in particular.

Rehman also hit out at the government’s operations against encroachments and alleged that in the name of removing encroachments, the properties and livelihoods of shop owners were being taken over to “create plazas”.

“This situation is unacceptable and the PDM will stand side-by-side with the oppressed.”

The PDM chief added that the PPP and ANP had time to inform the alliance of their intentions for rejoining. 

“But the PDM can’t spend anymore time on this topic in future sessions,” he said.

When Maryam was questioned about PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s stance regarding the topic, she replied: “His stance was the same as the one Maulana sahab expressed in front of you today.

“The PDM is completely independent. The PPP is no longer part of the PDM and is not my target
Power does not speak of weakness. Where you have shown weakness, your enemy will attack you. You never get anything by placing it in a tray. You have to fight for your rights.”


“Don’t drag out a non-issue again and again and try to make it into something. We have said what we wanted to say about that,” she said.


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