PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif (L), JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mahmood Khan Achakzai (R). — File photograph

LAHORE: In a bid to mount stress on the federal government, the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) has determined to take up the federal government’s “controversial” payments within the nation’s high court docket and ramp up the protests.

In a digital assembly held right now, with PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman within the chair, the alliance tasked JUI-F Senator Kamran Murtaza, PML-N Deputy Secretary Atta Tarar, and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to arrange authorized grounds for difficult the payments within the Supreme Court docket, a press release mentioned.

The “controversial” payments embody The Nationwide Accountability (Third Modification) Ordinance 2021, digital voting machine, and the invoice which seeks to “curtail” the State Financial institution of Pakistan’s powers and “handing it over to the Worldwide Financial Fund”.

The Opposition leaders have been tasked to seek the advice of with attorneys and draft a technique to problem the payments within the high court docket, the assertion mentioned.

“The [participants of the meeting decided to call a meeting of PDM’s steering committee on November 22, in which legal suggestions against the government’s bills will be presented,” the statement said.

The steering committee has also been asked to make recommendations for the “decisive” anti-government long march and present them in the PDM leadership’s meeting on November 23.

The Nov 23 meeting will give the final nod for the long march, the statement said.

The next protests:

Quetta — Nov 17

Peshawar — Nov 20

Apart from Fazl, PML-N’s top leadership, including Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Balochistan National Party Chairman Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, and others were in attendance via video link.

‘PDM will win this war’

On Saturday, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had said the PDM will “win this war” against the government, as he addressed a protest against inflation in Karachi.

“We will win this war, and Pakistan will have a government that is truly representative of the people, which will understand the problems faced by the masses. The ones who [were imposed] should not conscious of the general public’s points,” Fazl had mentioned.

The PDM has ramped up its anti-government protests, with the primary of the brand new wave of protests going down in Karachi. The subsequent will probably be held in Quetta on November 17 and in Peshawar on November 20.

“This journey, which has began from Karachi, will proceed […] and we’ll march to Lahore, and from there, we’ll go to Islamabad,” Fazl had mentioned.

Final week, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met Fazl on the latter’s Islamabad residence as each side moved to shun the variations. The PDM and the PPP had parted methods in April this yr after show-cause notices had been issued to the PPP by the anti-government alliance.

‘Opposition should wait for an additional 5 years’

Final week, Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry had performed down the PDM protests, telling them to attend for a yr or two after which, the Opposition should wait for an additional 5 years.

“You can not obtain the whole lot that you really want via conspiracies […] I’d first counsel the Opposition stands on its ft and cease hatching conspiracies,” he had mentioned.

The knowledge minister had mentioned the federal government’s place was “steady” and within the subsequent two to a few months the mounting inflation would additionally come down — and the nation will transfer towards the election in 2023.

Chaudhry had mentioned the PDM “group” comes out on the streets yearly, as protests towards the federal government had been its standard “winter exercise”.

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