By Abdullah Zahid
Chairman Pakistan People’s Party rejected negotiation offers by the government and announced a march to Islamabad for the removal of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The sixth public meeting, which the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is calling a “historic and decisive” power show, is underway in Lahore’s Minar-i-Pakistan.
On their arrival at the venue, PDM leaders Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maryam Nawaz, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari along with others were greeted by enthusiastic supporters who had gathered at Minar-i-Pakistan during the day.
This is the first time in the recent history of the country that the PML-N is holding a public meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan, the first rally at this venue for PML-N Vice President Maryam.
Outlining Bhutto’s PPP’s journey and Lahore’s significance, PPP chief Bilawal, in his address, recalled that his grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had founded the party in Punjab. PPP workers in Lahore, Bilawal said, went through torture but continued to support democracy.
He said that the country was suffering because of the “fake, incompetent and illegitimate government”.
Our students, teachers, doctors, workers, traders are all in deep stress that if their present is like this then what will the future be. “Our present may be dark but our future is bright”, Bilawal says
“The government cannot feel the pain of the people because they did not come through your vote. This is not the choice of the people.”
“Punjab’s pag is on the head of the puppet of a puppet. Is this acceptable to Punjab?” he asked, adding that he neither accepted the prime minister nor his chief minister. He insisted that the PDM’s “war is not for power but for the rights” of the people.
“InshaAllah this puppet government will be sent home.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says the establishment, selectors, have always been conspiring against the people and have brought in selected governments. This must end now. We have sacrificed lives. This democracy is made of our blood. We will protect your rights with our blood.
The PPP chairman said that PDM stands by the people of Lahore.
He said that it is the platform’s demand to free Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif and PPP’s Khurshid Shah.
“Selectors you must hear this: We are coming to Islamabad,” he declared.