Government-opposition showdown: will Multan jalsa take place?

Maryam Nawaz, vice president of PML-N and daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif, and Aseefa Bhutto, daughter of Benazir Bhutto, the first female PM of Pakistan, will be leading the PDM jalsa in Multan today.

PDM jalsa

A ripoff between the government and the opposition is expected today, as the PDM is set to hold their jalsa in Multan. Containers have been placed around the city but Maryam Nawaz, speaking to news channels, said that these containers would not stop them and the jalsa would be held even if they are not allowed to enter the stadium. She said that jalsa will be held wherever the containers are placed. She further claimed that the incumbent PTI government wasn’t afraid of the corona virus pandemic, rather it was scared to see the government slip out of its hand.

With Bilawal Bhutto in self-isolation after testing positive for corona, his sister Aseefa Bhutto has traveled to Multan to address the PDM jalsa. Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, while speaking to the press, said that the PDM jalsa will take place at any cost, and there is no power that can stop the jalsa from taking place. He openly asked his workers to use force against the police, if the police try to stop them.

 

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Daughters of two former PMs to lead the political rally

Maryam Nawaz, vice president of PML-N and daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif, and Aseefa Bhutto, daughter of Benazir Bhutto, the first female PM of Pakistan, will be leading the PDM jalsa in Multan today. Many believe this is a step towards strengthening relations between the two opposition parties.

Maryam Nawaz had previously revealed that she will only be attending the Jalsa on the orders of her father. He had instructed her to keep personal grief aside, her grandmother Begum Shamim Akhtar passed last week, and attend the PDM jalsa.

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#Jalsatohoga trends on Twitter

Supporters of the opposition parties have taken social media platforms to support the PDM movement and the Multan jalsa. Hashtag #JalsatoHoga, has been trending on Twitter since last night. People have uploaded videos of themselves traveling in buses and other transport means from several areas of the country to Multan for the gathering.

Through this hashtag, they have expressed that regardless of any circumstances and obstacles from the government, they are determined to hold the PDM jalsa.

 

Internet and mobile services have been suspended throughout the city of Multan, and the city is under high-security alert. As opposition leaders gather in Multan with their large crowds of supporters, many await to see the events that are to unfold today.


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