KARACHI: The chairman of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Fazlur Rehman, said on Tuesday that the government does not come to power through “cheating”, they come with the power of the popular vote. His remarks came at a public meeting organized by the PPP in Hyderabad, under the banner of the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement.
Fazl said the opposition movement, whose essence is a claim of 2018 election fraud, will achieve its goals. “We are all joining hands to restore democracy,” said the leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (Fazl). “We are not among the tired. Going forward only with determination, “he said. He vowed that the opposition “will not stop until these incompetent rulers are removed”. Fazlur Rehman said that these rulers “came through the back door like thieves”. He said the public meeting was held to restore a free air of democracy. He said the PDM wanted the formation to be objective and welcomed the army’s statement that it had nothing to do with politics. But he claims that “mistakes have been made that must be accepted and forgiveness needs to be asked of the nation.” He admitted there was no other way.
He admitted that when PTI won the 2018 election, the TNI congratulated us by saying “we have defeated the enemy”. How can it be said that stance has nothing to do with the ruling party, asked Fazl. “If you succeed, who is the opponent? If you defeat India, if you liberate Kashmir, we will respect you, but tell us who success stands against and who you defeat. If you think the Pakistani people are your enemy, you have to be clear. about that. ”
He said no one should try to teach experienced politicians ABC politics and invite those who want to play politics as his students. He went on to say that plans were being fabricated for “rigging” once again in the upcoming Senate elections.
“They sometimes think about changing the Constitution and other times the law,” he said, criticizing the recently enacted regulations to pave the way for an open vote in Senate elections. “We don’t want to put our names on the ballot,” said Fazlur Rehman. “This politics will not continue, we have raised our voice for our rights and will continue to increase it until all institutions start working in accordance with the Constitution,” said the JUI-F chairman. Talking about the islands of Bundal and Buddo, he said the land belonged to the people of the province. “We will not allow, at any cost, the takeover of the island by the Federation,” he said. He said that the opposition would “get rid of Covid-18”, in another attack on the government.
Referring to the anti-corruption movement run by the National Accountability Bureau, he said the institution was “being used against the people”. He then referred to the case of foreign funding against PTI, which is being examined by the Pakistan Election Commission’s oversight committee. He said that this was not proposed by the opposition, but by the founding members of PTI. “Admittedly a lot of money from abroad went to Imran Khan’s employees,” he claims. Fazlur Rehman said the movement would be “pushed forward” and a March 26 long march from across Pakistan to Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
In his speech, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying that “the elected do not want Sindh or its people but want the island and coal there”.
He said: “The prime minister-elect said that Sindh is not our province. If Sindh is not the province of prime minister, then who is it?” He questioned how a prime minister could “use such words” for Sindh. The PPP chairman said the Sindh people would “protect their rights” and safeguard democracy. “We will go to Islamabad and take back our rights,” he said.
Bilawal said that Sindh would receive a reduced share of this year’s National Finance Commission Award of Rs200 billion. “This disobedient government has brought about a tsunami of inflation,” he said, adding that although Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised a “new Pakistan”, what he had provided was inflation-stricken Pakistan. “This anti-poor government makes life difficult for the people,” said the PPP chairman.
In further criticism of the government, he said the prime minister had said he would “commit suicide before going to the IMF (International Monetary Fund)” to ask for a loan. Instead, what happened was that the “biggest loan” ever sought was taken out in the last three years. Bilawal said that the prime minister “gave aid to the elite and unfortunate grief”. He asked the people in Hyderabad if they saw even one job given them out of the 10 million jobs the prime minister promised immediately after coming to power. The PPP chairman also reminded them of the “unfulfilled” promise from PTI in the form of five million houses for those who did not have the right.
“Imran Khan’s government, in the name of anti-encroachment efforts, is robbing people of the roof over their heads in Larkana, Hyderabad and other areas (provinces),” he said. He said Pakistan has lagged behind in the region and even countries like Afghanistan and Bangladesh have surpassed that. “If we excel in any field, it is inflation,” Bilawal said. He said the people had “suffered from the burden of an incompetent and corrupt government”.
“How long do we have to hold on to this doll? How long do we have to endure an experiment like that?” asked the head of the PPP. He said the people were the source of a country’s strength, which was why the PDM was formed. “We will expel these incompetent and unqualified rulers. There will be a march in March and you must join us,” Bilawal said, adding: “I will take the caravan with me from Karachi.”
The PPP chair said that the party’s stance was that every institution had to operate according to its mandate and that “politics had to be left to politicians” and trust in the people. The people’s decision must be accepted, he said. Earlier, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed the meeting, promising the Sindh people that their rights “will not be taken away by anyone” but that they must go out and show opposition support on their long journey. Abbasi said: “You have to get out on March 26th. There will be a long journey from here to Islamabad.”
Abbasi said the PDM struggle was aimed at bringing about changes in the government system. “We have to restore the system to parliamentary, constitutional.”
“The solution to inflation, unemployment, rights not given to the provinces, rights that the Pakistani people deserve, the solution to the Sindh problem all lies in this. This is our message to you. […] of all the parties you see here today, “he said.” We promise no one can take your rights from you, “added the PML-N leader. He said PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz sent her regret for not being able to come because of her daughter Mehrunnisa Safdar’s accident the day before.
Responding to the previous general meeting, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) leader Owais Noorani responded to the Director General of Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar’s statement that politicians should not drag soldiers into politics. “You said don’t drag the army into politics, nobody dragged you into politics. Please tell me who dragged it [the country’s first military dictator] Ayub Khan getting into politics? “Noorani asked.” They said don’t drag us into politics, then who distributed the Rs1,000 banknotes while sitting in Faizabad? “Noorani asked the soldiers” to write that you will return to your barracks “.
Addressing the rally, National Party President Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the way parliament and the current Constitution are treated must end. “Today, the islands of Balochistan and Sindh are occupied by the Center. Under what law? They belong to Sindh and Balochistan,” he said, adding that “they” had plundered Balochistan’s resources. “Fifty percent from Saindak [copper-cum-gold project] are Chinese, the federal government is 48 percent and only two percent of the Baloch people. Balochistan will get nothing out of the drama on behalf of Gwadar Harbor. “The public gathering was organized by the PPP at the Hatri Bypass Ground. The city’s venues and streets were seen lined with party flags and banners. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, a day earlier, claimed that the Hyderabad rally would be bigger than all other PDM rallies in the past .