The entry of a large number of PDM workers left the policemen as helpless spectators. The alliance workers with their presence occupied the Ghanta Ghar Chowk, while policemen and the administration officials retreated from the place.
PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman leading a procession reached the venue of the PDM public meeting.
The convoy of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz was also entered in Multan and received by the party leaders and workers at Shershah Interchange.
A rally of People’s Party’s Aseefa Bhutto also moving towards the venue of the public meeting and former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani driving her car.
The PDM is all set to hold a public rally at Qilla Kohna Qasim Bagh in Multan.
The Punjab government and local administration had 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.
The district administration of Multan sealed the roads going towards Qila Qasim Bagh by placing containers. Meanwhile, Ghanta Ghar Chowk and several other roads were also sealed by the administration to stop the arrival of the PDM workers.
The leadership of the Pakistan Democratic Movement including Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maryam Nawaz, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and others are scheduled to address the public meeting.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will address the PDM public meeting in Multan via video link as he is in isolation after being tested positive for coronavirus. His sister, Aseefa, is attending and will address the public meeting in his place.
Speaking to workers part of her entourage on the way to the venue, Aseefa urged all supporters of the party to reach the gathering.
Maryam addresses gathering
Maryam Nawaz is currently addressing the gathering. She said that when she entered Multan, the entire city was already transformed into a rally venue.
Addressing the government, she said that because the rally venue was sealed, the people of Multan have turned the streets and the neighbourhoods of the city into the jalsa venue.
The PML-N vice-president said that when the country faces a threat, then its daughters and mothers come out on the streets to save it.
Maryam also greeted Aseefa warmly, who is making her PDM debut today.
A fire was seen in the backdrop, near the Ghanta Ghar Chowk, as Maryam spoke.
It was unclear what had caused the fire to erupt.
Maryam said that her father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, had asked her to leave her grievances behind and head to the Multan rally as the people’s troubles were far more grave than her woes.
Nawaz’s mother (Maryam’s grandmother) Begun Shamim Akhtar passed away in London on November 22 at the age of 89.