PDM vows to start ‘anti-inflation march’ in Islamabad on Pakistan Day


No final decision made on resignations from assemblies.

Staff Reporter – Islamabad:

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Monday decided to hold an anti-inflation march in the Federal Capital on March 23 — Pakistan Day — in light of the “government’s failures” on several fronts.

PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, addressing a press conference after a summit of the party chiefs, said: “People from across the country will gather in Islamabad. A huge protest will be held in the [capital] against inflation.”

PDM’s provincial chapters will hold meetings to prepare for the march, he said. In Punjab, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif will call a meeting, Fazl will hold a meeting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) President Mahmood Khan Achakzai in Balochistan, while JUI-P President Shah Owais Noorani will hold a meeting in Sindh.

“A seminar will also be held. But before that, I will meet the lawyers’ committee — Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council — and hold consultations,” he said.

On resignations

The PDM chief said the seminar’s date will be finalised after consultations not only with lawyers but civil society, business, and other communities as well so that they can be taken into confidence over the alliance’s motives.

Fazl said that the alliance had a “unanimous policy” over the resignations of lawmakers from assemblies, but PDM would decide when is the right time to “use this card”.

“Frist see what happens on March 23 and then wait and watch,” he said when asked whether the march would be held for a day or would it continue over a prolonged period.

‘Rigging’ 2018 elections

Reiterating that the 2018 general elections were “rigged”, the PDM chief said that as a result of those polls, a government was formed without the “mandate of the people.”

“A government which came into existence through rigging […] is facing failure, but the people are bearing the brunt of it in the form of inflation, poverty, unemployment, and restlessness,” he said.

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