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Pakistan: PDM leaders challenge Imran Khan, vow to hold Multan rally tomorrow  Imran Khan

Pakistan: PDM leaders challenge Imran Khan, vow to hold Multan rally tomorrow 

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Nov 2020, 07:53 pm

Islamabad: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday challenged the PM Imran Khan-led government and said the Multan rally on Monday will be held.

Addressing a press conference in the city, flanked by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and PML-N's Rana Sanullah at a JUI-F seminary, Fazlur Rehman was quoted as saying by Geo News the Multan rally would be held at all cost and all the leaders would reach the venue come what may.

The PDM leadership held a consultative meeting at the seminary to review the situation after the Punjab government launched a crackdown against the workers who had entered Multan's Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh Stadium by breaking down the gates and removing the containers, reported Geo News.

"Our political workers are being arrested from Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan," the JUI-F chief said. "We wanted the movement to go smoothly, but due to the government's stupidity, it will now speed up."

"The PDM will hold the rally tomorrow at the same venue at all cost and all the leaders would reach the venue despite government threats of legal action," he said. "This is state terrorism."  

A day earlier, over 30 opposition workers — including Gilani's son, Ali Qasim Gilani — had been arrested in a late-night operation by the police to take back the control of the stadium, reported the news channel.

Meanwhile, baffled by challenges, Imran Khan tried to corner the opposition by saying the leaders were holding rallies in the country amid a worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

"So, when we did smart lockdown to save our poor from becoming destitute & save economy from total collapse, these "leaders" opposed & demanded complete lockdown. Now, with new spike, when we again need smart lockdown, they want jalsas not caring for the lives & safety of people," Khan tweeted.

"Problem confronting us in Pak during COVID 19 is of a political leadership that has never gone through any democratic struggle, nor worked with ordinary citizens to understand the problems they confront, nor contributed in any substantive way for betterment of ordinary citizens," he said.