PPP Secretary-General Farhatullah Babar. -- File

People’s Party (PPP) Secretary-General Farhatullah Babar urged the joint opposition to reconsider its plan to hold a jalsa on March 28 in Islamabad in response to PTI’s power show on Sunday.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Babar wrote: “Opposition should seriously rethink plans to hold jalsa in Islamabad on 27th.”

“Imran Khan is on the run anyway. Deny him the wish to create mayhem, run away from no trust, derail democracy and then claim political martyrdom. He deserves political death, not martyrdom,” the senior PPP leader wrote.

Meanwhile, insiders said that reservations had been conveyed formally to PDM chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif regarding their planned public meeting in Islamabad.

A senior PPP office-bearer said that the party had decided not to give a call to its workers to participate in the long march and the opposition’s public meeting.

“The PPP believed that after the Supreme Court decided to stop the PTI from holding the public meeting at D-Chowk, there was no need for them to hold public gatherings,” he said, adding that such a move could provide PTI with an excuse to further delay the vote on the no-confidence motion.

He said that some “undemocratic forces” could also take advantage of the situation and the country could face an “unforeseen incident”.

The senior leader said that since the joint opposition has the required numbers to make the no-confidence motion a success, there was no need to hold a public gathering.

“Now, when the PTI has shifted its venue to Parade Ground in line with the court’s directives and it has also assured the court that no member will be stopped from casting their vote, we should also call off our march and public meeting,” he said.


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