LAHORE: PDM head Maulana Fazlur Rehman has directed all workers of the Pakistan Democratic Movement to start preparations for the long march and has given an ultimatum to the government to resign by January 31.
Briefing the media after Monday’s meeting between PDM leadership, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the government is trying to make the country’s media its slave but we will thwart this effort together. He also accused the government of pressurizing media to stop coverage of the rally, saying that he strongly condemns the deplorable role the rulers played yesterday.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that all PDM leaders have signed the detailed declaration. There was ambiguity on some issues, which had to be removed. By December 31, PDM members of the National and Provincial Assemblies will submit their resignations to their party leaders, he added.
He said that the steering committee has given a schedule to the provinces to prepare for the long march. “Today I want to make it clear to the government that it should resign by January 31”, he said.
During a media conversation, a reporter asked Maryam Nawaz if she was ready to talk to the government. In this regard, she said, everything is now in the hands of the public, and the choice or the chosen is no longer important.
Speaking of Sunday’s Lahore rally, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif said that after seeing the successful rallies of PDM and the ocean of supporters, the government is campaigning for cover .
Maryam Nawaz said that she has never seen such a rally in her entire life, there were no chairs left and despite the harsh weather, people stayed and attended the rally. “I was amazed to see so much enthusiasm of the people”, she said.
Maryam also said that some TV channels spread false and fabricated news regarding her displeasure with Sunday’s showing; the party’s MPs worked day and night to make the Lahore rally a success, for which I saluted their efforts, she clarified.