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Maulana Fazl to chair crucial PDM meeting in Islamabad today

A meeting of the PDM will be held in Islamabad. Source: FILE. 

ISLAMABAD: A crucial meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) led by chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will be held in Islamabad on Monday (today) to finalise the protest against the government.

Senior leaders of all political parties in the alliance will participate in the meeting. According to reports, Maulana Fazl called PDM leaders and decided to give the incumbent government a tough time from every front using the platform.

The meeting will mull recommendations and seek a conclusive opinion regarding the long march planned for Islamabad. The participants will also consider the opposition’s role in the upcoming joint session of parliament.

The meeting is also expected to consult on Afghanistan’s current situation and the opposition’s joint strategy in this regard. The PDM is poised to challenge the amendments in the NAO in a superior court. The opposition will also dispute the electoral reforms being keenly pursued by the government in court.

The PDM’s stature has been significantly dented after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has left the alliance. The meeting will consider that even if the PPP does not return to the alliance, the member parties may have close cooperation inside parliament to oppose the passage of the electoral reforms and amendments in the NAB law.

The development came after JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman met the opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Shehbaz Sharif at the latter’s residence in Lahore.

The two leaders discussed the political situation in the country and rising inflation, particularly the recent hike in the prices of petrol and electricity. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Fazl said the anti-government alliance was serious in its goal of toppling the government.

On Saturday, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif stepped up pressure on the government, seeking “transparent early elections” in the country to steer it out of its current crises. A few weeks ago, the PDM had stated that it would hold protest rallies all over Pakistan and launch a long march on the federal capital.