Islamabad, Nov 14: The Opposition is committed to fight for country’s survival and it will win the struggle, said Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman while ramping up protests against rising inflation.
While addressing a PDM protest in Karachi, Fazl said, “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] are not aware of the public’s issues.”
The Opposition has increased its number of protest rallies. The next rallies will be held in Quetta on November 17 and in Peshawar on November 20. The last rally will be taken out in Lahore, from where the protesters will begin march towards Islamabad.
The JUI-F chief said, “This journey, which has started from Karachi, will continue […] and we will march to Lahore, and from there, we will go to Islamabad.”
He further said, “Some parents are giving their children poison [to end their misery].”
“I had said that this government had come into power by stealing votes; I had said that this government is incompetent and inept,” the Opposition alliance’s chief said.
He said Pakistan’s survival will remain threatened if the present government “is not drowned in the Arabian Sea”.
While stressing that the political leadership should play their role during these pressing times and stand by the nation, he said Pakistan was facing international isolation due to the government’s policies, Geo TV reported.
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the rally said the Opposition does now want power but wants to end inflation in the country.
“The incumbent government is making people suffer […] the only way to solve the country’s problems is to run it in line with the constitution and hold immediate free and fair elections,” he said.
On November 12, Pakistan Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Asad Umar has threatened the Opposition and media outlets of “serious beating” if they dare to walk to Islamabad in the form of long march.
The News International quoted the minister as saying on Friday, ?Don’t even think of coming here. And if you do you will be beaten black and blue.?
He also accused the media of being the “facilitator” of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a multi-party opposition alliance.