QUETTA: President Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has said that people around the country and the 10-party opposition coalition are on the same page, as they perceive the 2018 elections to have been massively rigged.
“The response of the people to the PDM public meetings is unprecedented,” Maulana said while speaking to reporters shortly after his arrival here on Tuesday from Islamabad.
He will lead a PDM rally from Quetta to Loralai, where a public meeting on Wednesday will be held by the 10-party alliance against the nation. It is also anticipated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice president Maryam Nawaz will attend the PDM display in Loralai and that former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf will represent the PPP.
Says stolen mandate is no more a secret
The public meeting will also be attended by Mehmood Khan Achakzai of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and leaders of other alliance member parties.
Maulana Fazl said there was no legal reason for the government to stay in office, and as the PDM and the people across the nation were on one side, it would have to resign. “The people’s mandate in the last election was stolen and it is no longer a secret,” he added, adding that it was not agreed by the opposition.
The president of the PDM claimed that a major meeting would take place in Loralai.
The Maulana, criticising the government over the recent Mach incident, asked if the government believed that in the world there was no more extremism than why the coal miners had been slaughtered. He said there were allegations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of targeted killings as well. Innocent civilians were martyred when the government believed it had crushed the country’s backbone of terrorism, he said.