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Pakistan's opposition parties to launch nationwide protests, long march against inflation

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a multi-party opposition alliance, has announced its decision to launch protests across the country and a long march towards Islamabad against inflation and Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government's "anti-people" policies

Nov 07, 2021
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Pakistan's opposition parties to launch nationwide protests, long march against inflation

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a multi-party opposition alliance, has announced its decision to launch protests across the country and a long march towards Islamabad against inflation and Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government's "anti-people" policies. Citing a statement issued on Saturday by PML-N leader and the alliance's secretary general Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Dawn reported that the PDM will hold protest rallies in all provincial capitals.

"A protest will be held in Karachi on November 13, followed by one in Quetta on November 17 and in Peshawar on November 20," Abbasi said.

The last rally will be taken out in Lahore, from where the protesters will begin marching towards Islamabad.

According to the statement, "This movement will end only after sending [Prime Minister] Imran Khan packing. This is a movement to rid [the country] of Imran Khan," UNI news agency said.

"[Spiralling] inflation, the National Accountability Ordinance, the so-called electoral reforms ... among other issues came under discussion," the former PM said.

According to Dawn report, during the virtual meeting the PDM demanded that the increase in the prices of electricity, gas, petrol and other commodities be reversed.

"The actual reason behind inflation is the historic corruption by Imran Khan's government," the statement said.

"The nation is unwilling to bear this government even for a minute, which has inflicted back-breaking inflation on the people," Abbasi said.

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