Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman on Wednesday took a dig at the Election Commission of Pakistan advising it “not to make itself controversial by acting at someone’s behest.”

Addressing a press conference, flanked by Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad, he said “we don’t give Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government the right to re-colonise an independent state.”

The JUI-F chief said that the long march announced against the government has become inevitable and the PDM would march towards the capital on March 23 in a bid to oust the PTI-led government.

He, however, said that the long march plan would be finalised during the all-party session scheduled to be held on January 25.

“The government does not realise the grievances of the common man,” he said, adding that the “entire nation will participate in this anti-government march.”

About the agenda of the January 25 meeting, he said that the anti-government alliance is considering options for “the immediate removal of the incumbent government.”

“We appeal the coalition parties of the government to think in the national interest and about common people,” Fazal said.

PML-N President Shehbaz said that in the 74-year history of Pakistan, “the PTI government is the most incompetent one to ever come to power”, adding that the country is undergoing the “most difficult period.”

Shehbaz said he and Fazal also discussed the no-confidence motion and this issue will be further highlighted in the meeting later this month.

On the “mini budget”, he said that a new wave of inflation will be seen because of the supplementary finance bill presented by the government.

“We will fully oppose the cruel measure and the mini budget proposed by the government in the Parliament,” he added.

Shehbaz said that surprisingly, the “government is prioritising the interests and agendas of international institutions over the interests of Pakistani citizens.”

“We haven’t seen a more incompetent, emaciated, and corrupt government in the history of Pakistan,” he continued.

Endorsing his views, Fazal said that PDM would become the “voice of the common man against rising inflation.”

“We believe that the people will directly fight for their rights,” the PDM chief said, adding that this long march will be a “revolutionary step in the history of Pakistan.”

He said that the PDM would observe solidarity with the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) on February 5.

Earlier, the PDM leadership, during the meeting, tried to figure out strategies to thwart the mini budget bill. The government’s overall performance as well as that in the recent Murree tragedy was also reviewed.

Shehbaz congratulated Fazal on his party’s victory in the first phase of the local body elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.


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