The PDM president said that large number of people will attend the rallies of the PDM.

Taking a jibe at the incumbent government over alleged poor governance, he said that the common man is crying today and people are forced to commit suicide due to the rising inflation.

Fazl announced, “We will fully participate in the October 16 meeting with the people”. An anti-government movement will be launched with the public rally in Gujranwala, he said.

The PDM president went on to say that large number of people will attend the rallies of the PDM.

Speaking on the occasion, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that both she and Maulana Fazlur Rehman had a very cordial and productive discussion today. She said that PDM is aimed at defending the constitution and the people’s votes.

She said that right before the Gujranwala rally, the government has changed the city’s administration. However, PDM rallies will be successful despite these tactics.

Maryam said she was pleased that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had agreed to join the rally to show his support and told she would personally invite Bilawal Bhutto to attend as well.

Talking about former DG FIA’s recent comments, she said that the statement of former FIA Chief Bashir Memon has been heard by everyone on social media, in which he was called to PM office and asked to file cases against the opposition. This is called dragging institutions into politics and PDM will also raise this issue, she added.

Earlier, the JUI-F chief held an important meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including party vice president Maryam Nawaz at Jati Umra to discuss the anti-government movement.

The leaders of the PML-N warmly welcomed Moulana Fazlur Rehman on his arrival in Raiwind. The PDM president was accompanied by Shah Awais Noorani, Moulana Amjad Khan, Mufti Ibrar, Dr Ateequr Rehman, Moulana Saifullah and Moulana Yousaf.

During the meeting, the JUI-F chief and the PML-N vice president held consultations on the anti-government movement of the alliance of opposition parties, while sedition cases against the PML-N members were also discussed.

Sources said that various proposals to intensify the anti-government protests were considered during the meeting. The political leadership decided to highlight public issues and incompetence of government in PDM meetings.

It was agreed in the meeting that the noose around the rulers would be tightened by gradually intensifying the movement. Maryam Nawaz also congratulated the JUI-F chief on becoming the head of the PDM.

PDM schedule

On Monday, the PDM announced to hold its first public rally in Gujranwala on October 16. Announcing the new schedule of anti-govt rallies across the country, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said that the first public rally of the PDM will be held in Gujranwala on October 16 and the second rally will be held in Karachi on October 18.

He said that third rally will be held in Quetta on October 25, while fourth public gathering will be held on November 22 in Peshawar and fifth rally will be held on November 30 in Multan. The PML-N leader said that the alliance wants an independent judiciary in the country.

The huddle also strongly condemn lodging of treason cases against the political leadership.

During the meeting, the PPP had objected to October 18 rally in Quetta, saying that it commemorate the date for the Karsaz bombing incident that had targeted slain party leader Benazir Bhutto.

To PPP’s objection, the PDM decided to shift the venue of October 18 rally from Quetta to Karachi and the opposition’s alliance will join the PPP for its Karachi rally and postponed the Quetta rally to October 25.