Over 450 Op­po­si­tion work­ers booked in Pak ahead of protests

Business Standard - - WORLD - M ZULQERNAIN La­hore, 15 Oc­to­ber

Over 450 work­ers from Pak­istan's Op­po­si­tion par­ties have been booked in La­hore and other ar­eas of the Pun­jab prov­ince ahead of the first grand anti-gov­ern­ment rally by an Op­po­si­tion al­liance formed to oust Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

On Septem­ber 20, the lead­ers of 11 ma­jor Op­po­si­tion par­ties an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Pak­istan Demo­cratic Move­ment (PDM) and launch of a three-phased antigov­ern­ment move­ment un­der an “ac­tion plan” start­ing with coun­try­wide pub­lic meet­ings, protest demon­stra­tions and ral­lies be­fore a “de­ci­sive long march” to­wards Is­lam­abad in Jan­uary 2021.

The first anti-gov­ern­ment rally is sched­uled on Fri­day in Gu­jran­wala city, some 80 kms from La­hore, fol­lowed by another rally on Oc­to­ber 18 in Karachi, in Quetta on Oc­to­ber 25, Pe­shawar on Novem­ber 22, Mul­tan on Novem­ber 30 and then a rally in La­hore on December 13.

The Op­po­si­tion lead­ers an­nounced that they would use all po­lit­i­cal and demo­cratic op­tions, in­clud­ing no-con­fi­dence mo­tions and mass res­ig­na­tions from Par­lia­ment to seek “the se­lected” prime min­is­ter's res­ig­na­tion.

The Op­po­si­tion par­ties have ac­cused the pow­er­ful army of rig­ging the 2018 elec­tions that brought Im­ran Khan’s Pak­istan Tehreeke-in­saaf party to power.

The Op­po­si­tion par­ties are openly op­pos­ing the mil­i­tary’s in­ter­fer­ence in pol­i­tics and elec­tions for the first time in the re­cent his­tory of the coun­try. The PDM com­prises mainly three main­stream Op­po­si­tion par­ties — PML-N of Nawaz Sharif, PPP of Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari, and Jamiat Ulema-i-is­lam-fazl (JUI-F) of Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman.

Pun­jab po­lice got into ac­tion and booked over 450 work­ers, mostly of PML-N, in dif­fer­ent parts of Pun­jab prov­ince un­der Covid-19 vi­o­la­tions.

The Op­po­si­tion has ac­cused the army of rig­ging the 2018 elec­tions that brought Im­ran Khan’s Tehreek-e-in­saaf party to power

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