KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has directed party leaders and workers to reach Multan ahead of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally on November 30 (tomorrow).

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari directed PPP workers and senior leaders to reach Multan where the opposition alliance is likely to hold a public gathering at Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh stadium tomorrow. He said in a statement that the anti-government movement will be strengthened if Punjab police tried to stop the political workers from taking part in the rally.

Earlier in his Twitter message, the PPP chairman alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is so threatened by PPP’s upcoming foundation day in Multan, Punjab. He criticised that they yet again attacked and arrested PPP workers including Kasim Gillani.

He added that PPP will host PDM on November 30 come what may and Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari will be reaching to represent him in the upcoming rally.

Moreover, After the arrests of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders and activists, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) supremo Maulana Fazlur Rehman has reached Multan, where he will chair a session of political parties included in the opposition alliance.

The session will be attended by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Yousaf Raza Gillani, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Rana Sanaullah, Sajid Mir, Anas Noorani and others.

The opposition leaders will address a press conference after holding consultations to announce the next strategy.

Fazlur Rehman will chair a session of PDM parties in Multan to decide on the future strategy of November 30 rally.

The Multan administration has put PPP leader and son of former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani, Ali Kasim Gillani, under 30-day detention following the instructions of the deputy commissioner under MPO-16.

Ali Kasim Gillani is facing charges of violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus and disturbing peace. He had been arrested by police officials from the rally’s venue.

Earlier in the day, the Multan administration took control of Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh stadium again besides arresting various Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders and workers belonging to different political parties including Kasim Gillani, the son of ex-premier Yousaf Raza Gillani after they stormed into the venue by removing barriers.

The government officers have been directed not to leave the district headquarter for the next 72 hours after a plan prepared on the instructions of the deputy commissioner.

The officials have also been directed to prepare three helipads at Qasim Bagh stadium, Sabzazar and Alamdar Hussain Degree College, sources said.

The Bomb Disposal Squad has been asked to keep alert and 150 personnel of civil defence department instructed to keep vigilance along with the police.

Additional deputy commissioner headquarters has been made the focal person and the control room has been activated at the office of the deputy commissioner Multan, sources said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Commissioner Multan Division yesterday directed action against those violating Standard Operating Procedures for the novel coronavirus.

A meeting of the divisional administration chaired by Commissioner Javed Akhtar Mehmood had decided to step up action against the violators of the SOPs.

The commissioner directed the officials to show zero tolerance to breach of the law and order and the SOPs of the coronavirus. He also directed for registration of FIRs against violation of the SOPs.

“Those playing with the health of citizens are not entitled for leniency and should be dealt with strict action over breach of SOPs,” the commissioner directed.

“No public gathering or secret meeting will be tolerated at any cost,” the divisional chief said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has announced to hold a public meeting on November 30 in Multan.

Local administration has denied permission to the opposition parties for the meeting owing to increasing virus cases in the second wave of the COVID-19 in the country.

PDM Multan jalsa: Daughters of two former PMs to give speeches

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and Aseefa Bhutto, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s youngest child, will both be participating in the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s Multan jalsa on November 30.

This is being interpreted by the PDM leadership as the strengthening of the alliance between the Opposition parties.

It is expected that the Multan jalsa will be a new chapter in the political history of Pakistan as it is being attended by two former prime ministers – Yousuf Raza Gilani and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi – and two former prime ministers’ Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif’s daughters Aseefa and Maryam will address the gathering.

A source as saying that PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman told Nawaz over the phone that by instructing Maryam Nawaz to join the Multan rally despite the death of his mother Begum Shamim Akhtar, he [Nawaz] had proved that the Opposition will stay united and determined in its anti-government movement despite any personal obstacles.

Earlier this week, Maryam had announced she would be attending the PDM’s Multan rally on the instructions of her father. She said Nawaz Sharif has asked her to keep personal grief aside and fully take part in the PDM rally in Multan.

Maryam announced her participation in the PDM rally when arrangements for the return of her grandmother Shamim Akhtar’s body from London to Lahore were under way.