PDM’s Long March to commence from 26 March, Nawaz says all is well

Six hours huddle finally comes to end with a long march date

ISLAMABAD/ LAHORE: The 11 party opposition alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement will hold a ‘decisive long march’ against the Imran Khan government on the 26th of March, confirms PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

PDM strategy:

• Post senate elections, long march in March
• Fighting senate elections together
• Will push for comprehensive electoral reforms

Briefing the media about other decisions taken in the meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the opposition parties will contest the upcoming Senate elections jointly.

“Caravans of long march will leave for Islamabad from across the country on March 26,” Rehman said.

The PDM chief said that the movement opposes the open ballot method of Senate polls and nomination of former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, retired Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed as head of Broadsheet committee.

When asked about resignations, Fazal ur Rehman told reporters to “be patient” and wait till after Senate polls.

Maulana Fazl ur Rehman added that Nawaz Sharif had one message “that all is well”.

Commenting on the development, Mohtarma Reham Khan, Imran Khan’s ex wife said: “Someone else had plan for a march in March 2016 😛 .”

Maulana Fazl was flanked by Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who did not address the media and left all the talking to the Maulana.

Despite initial rumours of cracks within PDM, a symbol of solidarity was shown with all major leaders agreeing on the date of the long march, and also to contest the senate elections jointly.

Maulana Fazl ur Rehman criticised Imran Khan on the foreign funding case and said that Prime Minister Khan could not be termed “sadiq” or “ameen” after the disclosure of 23 accounts which PTI used to allegedly launder funds from abroad.

Calling Prime Minister Khan a “certified thief”, Maulana exhumed confidence as he addressed the media.

When asked about his earlier statement about a long march to Rawalpindi, pointing towards the headquarters of the army, Maulana clarified that he had only stated that Islamabad and Rawalpindi would be equal options.

“When did we say that we would do that at all cost? You guys (the media) decide yourselves. Leave this to us,” Maulana said.

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