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Pakistan opposition alliance to hold important meeting on Tuesday


Maryam Nawaz gestures to supporters during a rally in Lahore on Monday. AFP

Tariq Butt, Correspondent

The 11-party opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), will hold an important meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) with the resignation from the assemblies its main agenda point.

At least, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has given the impression that the resignations are round the corner and a decision to the effect will be taken in the PDM meeting to be presided over by its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.


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PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz says the PDM is going to announce big decisions in the upcoming Lahore rally on Dec 13. "The PDM is united,” she said while addressing the party’s social media convention. She urged the workers to be ready for the final battle with the "selected and selectors”.

Maryam Nawaz waves to her party supporters. File Photo

She said the workers must embrace any cases registered against them by the government. She said people must know "how fearful the government is" of the opposition. She said that "the most that the government can do" is register cases.

"You must take these charge sheets, string them together and wear them proudly like a garland," she said and lamented that as many as "3,000 first information reports (FIRs)" were filed after every rally held by the opposition.

Ms Nawaz said that the PDM is about to make big decisions, hinting at resignations or possibly a long march, during the meeting between the alliance members Tuesday. "The people of Pakistan have won this war. Victory only remains to be declared in the rally on 13th," she said and asked elected representatives to not fall under any sort of pressure.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman speaks to the rally. File photo

"Imran Khan must be called by his new name,” she said, adding that with a single bread costing Rs30, a family of 8-10 people has no hope of making ends meet. She said Khan used to claim that the "green passport will be respected across the world" but now flights from Pakistan have been banned. "Is there anyone who can ask him what became of the claims he made?"

Ms Nawaz repeatedly called the premier "obedient” and said that is why he has been placed in this coveted position. "We must now call Imran Khan by his new name - the most obedient.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Qaira said that it was for the PDM to take a decision about resignations from the assemblies with consensus.

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