Defying govt’s request, PDM confirms long march on Pakistan Day

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ISLAMABAD: Despite persistent persuasion by the government, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to continue with the long march against rising inflation on March 23 (Pakistan Day). PDM’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, speaking to the media after concluding the all-parties session of the Opposition, said: “The PDM will enter Islamabad [on the scheduled day] and the government knew such a big march was due on that day, so under which conspiracy did they make such recommendations?” Fazl said that all members of the PDM have decided that an anti-inflation march against the government will be held as per schedule on March 23. He said: “People will turn to Islamabad from all corners of the country and this anti-inflation march will be the last nail in the coffin for this government.” The JUI chief reiterated that the people of Pakistan have been overburdened because of inflation, and PDM rejects the government’s “mini-budget.”  He went on to say that since the government is non-serious itself, it is “also treating the country’s economy in a non-serious manner.” He added that during the session, all Opposition parties have been directed to continue with the preparations for the long march. Fazl reiterated that the Opposition would “never allow the government to trade the freedom and sovereignty of the country.” “The PTI leaders have made a mockery of the country’s economy,” he asserted, lamenting that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been enslaved by international financial institutions. Referring to Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI 2021), in which Pakistan’s rank has fallen 16 places to 140 from 124 out of 180 countries, the PDM chief said that the current government labelled all other politicians as thieves; however, “the international institution has shown them their own reflection in the mirror.” “Transparency International has exposed the true face of the incumbent government,” he said, adding that the PTI-led government is the most “incompetent, failed and corrupt” government in the history of Pakistan. Fazl went on to say that the Opposition will not accept the presidential style of government under any circumstance, saying that the Opposition has fought for the survival of the country and will continue to do so. “Presidential system is another name for dictatorship,” the JUI chief said, adding that the end of parliamentary rule “seems to be a conspiracy”. “We will never allow this nefarious conspiracy to be fulfilled as the country had previously suffered because of the presidential system. “This system would not be accepted.” He further added that the presidential style of government has a “dark history” in Pakistan.

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