Pakistan’s major Opposition celebrations on Sunday demanded “instant” resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan as they introduced an alliance to hold a countrywide demonstration movement to oust his government. A 26- point joint resolution was adopted by the All Celebrations Conference (APC) which was hosted by Pakistan Peoples Celebration (PPP) and gone to by Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and a number of other parties.
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At a joint press conference after the end of the multi-party conference, JUI-F chief Mualana Fazl ur Rehman read out the resolution and said that the Opposition parties have concurred to launch an alliance named ‘Pakistan Democratic Motion’ to organise countrywide demonstration versus the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: federal government.
It revealed “severe issue” over the increasing interference of the establishment in internal affairs of the nation and concerned it as a “threat to the country’s stability and organizations”. The forum also demanded that elections be held again in a transparent manner which electoral reforms must be passed in order to make sure totally free and fair surveys.
It stated the Opposition would not cooperate with the federal government in the legal procedure. It said that demonstration would proceed in stages. In the very first phase, the Opposition parties will hold joint rallies in all 4 provinces in October. The 2nd stage will begin in December during which the Opposition will hold huge rallies across the country.
Finally, a “definitive” long march towards Islamabad would start in January next year to oust the government, it said. Earlier, previous prime minister Nawaz Sharif resolved the multi-party conference through a video link and said that the battle of the Opposition parties was not versus Khan but versus those who brought an “inefficient” man to power.
Sharif, 70, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, has actually been living in London because November last year after the Lahore High Court approved him authorization to travel for 4 weeks for treatment. On Friday, PPP chairman Zardari spoke to him over phone and invited him to practically attend the conference.
He staged a political return by criticising the nation’s effective establishment for presumably supporting Khan. “Our struggle is not against Imran Khan. Today, our battle protests those who set up Imran Khan and who controlled elections (of 2018) to bring an ineffective guy like him into power and therefore damaged the country, he said.
He asked the effective Army to keep away from politics and follow the Constitution and vision of the nation’s father Quaid-e-Azam’ Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The effective Army, which has ruled Pakistan for majority of its 70 plus years of existence, has actually hitherto wielded significant power in the matters of security and diplomacy.
Before Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari also resolved the conference through a video-link and criticised the government which he stated was using the techniques to suppress the Opposition.
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