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PDM to challenge ‘controversial’ govt bills in apex court

PDM to finalise anti-government long march on November 23. (Source: Geo/File)

LAHORE: In a bid to mount pressure on the government, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Monday decided to take up the government’s “controversial” bills in the Supreme Court and ramp up the Opposition alliance’s country-wide protests.

In a virtual meeting, PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman tasked JUI-F Senator Kamran Murtaza, PML-N Deputy Secretary Atta Tarar, and former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to prepare legal grounds for challenging the bills, according to a statement issued today.

The statement, issued by the alliance, stated that the Opposition leaders have been tasked to consult with lawyers and draft a strategy to challenge the bills in the top court.

“The participants of the meeting decided to call a meeting of PDM’s steering committee on November 22, in which legal suggestions against the government’s bills will be presented,” the statement added.

The steering committee has also been asked to make recommendations for the “decisive” anti-government long march and present them in the PDM leadership’s meeting on November 23. The Nov 23 meeting will give the final nod for the long march, it added.

The “controversial” bills include The National Accountability (Third Amendment) Ordinance 2021, electronic voting machine, and the bill which seeks to “curtail” the State Bank of Pakistan’s powers and “handing it over to the International Monetary Fund”.

Apart from Fazl, PML-N’s top leadership, including Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Balochistan National Party Chairman Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, and others were in attendance via video link.