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LAHORE: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will commence nationwide protests against the federal government from Friday (today) against rising inflation and price hike.
The opposition alliance kicked off its 15-day nationwide protest from Rawalpindi against consistent rise in prices of petroleum products and other essential items.
PDM spokesman Hafiz Hamdullah said committees will be formed at the provincial level to hold the protests. He sais the committees will be formed in Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Islamabad to determine the locations of the protests in consultation with the districts.
He further said that the duration of the demonstrations is two weeks which can be extended over time. He added that PDM leadership and members of the parliament will participate in the protests. He also said that the next meeting of the PDM steering committee will be held soon to review the political situation in the country.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said protests will be held in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Swat, Shangla and other cities after Friday prayers.
As per schedule of protest demonstrations, the PML-N would hold a protest demonstration at Jain Mandir chowk after Friday prayers in Lahore and all party leaders and workers were directed to reach the location.
PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz and other leaders from Lahore are expected to be present at the protest while Maryam Nawaz would not be present but will lead the next round of rallies.
Meanwhile, a rally would be held outside Jamia Masjid Shaharwali in Muzaffargarh, and a protest demonstration would be held at Ayub Chowk in Jhang.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would lead a protest rally on Murree Road while a protest would be held at Dera Mian Wasim Akhtar Sheikh in Kasur. A protest demonstration will be held in front of Railway Station Chowk in Mianwali and a protest demonstration will be held outside PML-N House in Khushab.
Similarly, a protest demonstration will be held outside Farid Gate in Bahawalpur while a protest rally would be taken out at District Secretariat Jhang Chowk in Bhakkar.
A protest demonstration would be held at Fawara Chowk near District Secretariat in Hafizabad near Press Club. A protest rally will be taken out in Vehari from Ghalla Mandi to Baldia whereas a protest rally will be taken out in Vehari City under the command of Saqib Khurshid. Protest rallies will also be taken out after Friday prayers at Joharabad and at Khatam-e-Nabuat Chowk Layyah.