Coalition govt requests PDM chief to change protest location

Coalition govt requests PDM chief to change protest location


Maulana Fazlur Rehman rejected the request

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah met Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday to request that the PDM should not hold a protest outside the Supreme Court.

The meeting took place amidst the current political unrest in Pakistan and the PDM's planned protest outside the Supreme Court. Ishaq Dar and Rana Sanaullah urged Maulana Fazlur Rehman to reconsider the protest location and hold protest at D-chowk.

Meanwhile, Mr Sanaullah also addressed a press conference on Sunday evening and said that he had requested the PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to change the location of protest due to security concerns adding that reports presented to him were 'alarming' while hoping that he was expecting a positive response.

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He added the people were angry and if protests occurred in red zone, then it would be difficult to control the people. Meanwhile, PDM chief was yet to reach a decision.

Earlier,  PDM chief announced that they would continue sit-in outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan until the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial resigns from his office.

The PDM chief made the announcement after an emergency meeting of the PDM, attended by various political leaders including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and PML-N chief organizer Maryam Nawaz.

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Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mr Rehman criticised the top court for granting bail to Mr Khan in all cases after May 9, and for allegedly giving him preferential treatment. He accused the court of protecting the crime instead of eliminating it and protecting the criminal (Imran Khan).

He also criticised the court for allegedly exceeding its constitutional and legal authority by ordering authorities to refrain from arresting Mr Khan even in unknown cases. He lamented that similar concessions were not given to Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, or Faryal Talpur.