On Thursday, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman was invited by PPP co-chairman and former president, Asif Ali Zardari, to Larkana to attend a rally scheduled for December 27, the anniversary of the death of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
The former president made a phone call to Fazl, who is also president of the 11-party opposition coalition, known as the Pakistan Democratic Movement, a statement released by the PPP said (PDM).
Both leaders shared views from the PDM forum on the current political situation in the region, including the continuing anti-government protest movement. During the call, Zardari invited the president of the JUI-F to Larkana for a rally scheduled for Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary, the statement added.
As part of its annual commemoration of the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto, the PPP will hold a rally on Dec. 27 in Garhi Khuda Bux. Previously, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had already invited PDM leaders to attend the gathering.
The PPP Sindh leadership remains optimistic that the Dec 27 rally in Garhi Khuda Bux, a small village in Larkana where the Bhutto mausoleum is situated, awaits all key PDM leaders.
PPP Sindh President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said the rally was scheduled to be attended by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and other PDM officials.
Speaking at a press conference, Khuhro said that “this year’s rally would be [a] huge one, and on the day we expect a huge turnout of people.”
The two leaders’ telephone talk comes as the opposition coalition pushes on with the second step of its campaign to overthrow the administration.
By January 31, the PDM called on the PTI-led government to leave or face an escalated protest campaign, including a long march to the capital and the provincial and national assemblies’ en masse resignations.
The PDM had vowed a day earlier that they would continue their protests before the PTI government was sent home and condemned what they considered weak governance and its policies against the people.