Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman issued a new warning to the government, stating that it will “not see December” as the Opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) braces to oust the incumbent government from its first power show on Friday.
“A sea of people will rise in Gujranwala on October 16,” said Fazl during a rally in Charsadda. “A sea of people will rise in Karachi on October 18. A sea of people will rise in Quetta on October 25 and on November 22, the largest gathering in the history of Pakistan will be seen in Peshawar,” he added.
The JUI-F chief said that the anti-government movement has begun and the Opposition will not rest till the government is sent packing. “The Pakistan Democratic Movement will not let this government see December,” said Fazl.
On Monday, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz claimed that the PTI government would be successfully ousted by January. This was just a few days before the opposition was scheduled to hold its first power show in a campaign aimed at ousting the government.
PM Imran Khan says government will not hinder Opposition’s rallies
Last week, the federal government decided not to create hindrances in the Opposition’s upcoming rallies. The first one of these rallies is scheduled to take place on October 16 in Gujranwala.
The decision to allow the opposition rallies to take place was taken during a meeting chaired by the prime minister which was attended by several PTI leaders. According to Dawn’s sources, PM Imran Khan said: “Peaceful protests and rallies are the Opposition’s right.”
They will not be allowed to spread hatred in the name of protests, added the prime minister. Criticizing the antigovernmental movement set to begin from October 16, the premier said that the rallies and protests were to safeguard the interests of the political elite and that it was not powered by the people. “The people do not have any interest in Opposition’s ‘save corruption movement,’” he said.
Last week, the opposition parties’ alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM), had announced to hold its first public rally in Gujranwala on October 16. PDM leaders also announced a new schedule for anti-govt rallies across the country after differences emerged among the main political parties on the dates announced earlier.