Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday stated all state establishments ought to work throughout the constitutional framework so the nation may observe the Constitution in earnest.
“At this time, there is no constitutional governance in the country […] attacks on freedom of expression are rampant, journalists are being ambushed,” he stated whereas addressing a press convention together with the PDM management after the Opposition alliance held a high-level assembly after greater than two months.
“We reject each and every electoral reform put forward by this selected government, and we believe that NAB and FIA have become political institutions, who have lost their standing, as they are being used against the Opposition,” he stated.
The PDM calls for instances registered by the FIA in opposition to journalists be taken again, he stated, including that the federal government finish its techniques to gag the press.
During the assembly it was determined PDM will “direct all its efforts in ensuring free and fair elections [take place] in the country”, Fazl stated.
Rejecting the federal government’s “unilateral” electoral reforms and Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s election outcomes, he claimed the digital voting machine because the “simplest way to rig elections”.
The assembly’s members unanimously agreed the “country faces grave internal and external threats”, and that the incumbent authorities has “completely failed” in combating the prevailing threats, the PDM chief stated.
“Pakistan is facing isolation due to the current regime’s policies,” the PDM chief stated, slamming the federal government for its “failed” international coverage.
He recalled how not too long ago Pakistan was not allowed to current its case throughout a United Nations Security Council assembly on Afghanistan.
“PDM believes the only way forward in Afghanistan is through an inclusive political solution;. Pakistan aspires for a political and stable Afghanistan,” Fazl stated.
Fazl stated the PDM leaders took an in-depth evaluation of the inner and exterior challenges going through Pakistan, after which, the assembly’s members demanded that Opposition lawmakers be taken into confidence over the state of affairs within the neighbouring war-torn nation.
“An important section of the country is unaware of the situation as facts are being hidden from them,” the JUI-F chief stated.
Speaking concerning the PDM’s subsequent plan of action, he stated the alliance’s steering committee would maintain a gathering on August 21 in Islamabad, throughout which the events will mull over the suggestions introduced as we speak after inner deliberations.
The PDM chief stated remaining choices shall be made within the committee’s assembly on August 28 in Karachi, following which, on August 29, a large rally shall be held within the port metropolis.
The assembly additionally determined that Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Sherpao shall be made the senior vice-president of the alliance, he stated.
Fazl stated the federal government has “bled the people dry” with historic inflation and unemployment, in its bid to fulfill the situations of the International Monetary Fund.