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The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) will kick off its countrywide anti-government protests from today (Wednesday) as the masses remain wary of the rising inflation in the coming days due to the recent hike in petroleum products. 

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif held a high-level meeting of the party on Tuesday to finalise the schedule for protests and rallies against the PTI-led government.

A PML-N tweet said the meeting “decided to take direct action to protect the rights of the people.”

The PML-N announced on Twitter that it will hold its first protest rally in Rawalpindi today, with Shehbaz Sharif urging workers and leaders of the party at the district and provincial level to partake in the protests. 

Meanwhile, local PDM leaders have convened a meeting of the party in Islamabad, where the dates and venues for the Islamabad protests will be finalised. 

GOVT VERSION: The government, on the other hand, has been criticizing the PDM for the last couple of days, with Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad saying that the prime minister is lucky he has such a “worthless” opposition to deal with. 

The interior minister had said that the government does not feel threatened by the opposition at all because “it is spineless”.

“In fact, Prime Minister Imran Khan is lucky that he got such a worthless opposition,” the interior minister had said while speaking to the media in Islamabad.

About the opposition’s criticism of the PTI-led government due to the rising inflation in the country, Sheikh Rashid said that it was due to the policies of the previous governments as well as the coronavirus situation in the country.

Speaking about the PDM, he had said that the movement has turned into a “dead entity”.

He said that the PDM had set out to oust the government last December but almost one year on, it is still planning to oust it without taking any concrete actions.

“This is how politics work in this country. Every opposition claims that the government will be ousted soon,” he had said.


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