Pakistan Democratic Movement organised massive power show in Quetta

 Massive turnout in the PDM public meeting in Quetta despite security threats

Pakistan Democratic Movement organised its third power show in Quetta today. The 11 party opposition alliance successfully mobilised its supporters in huge numbers. Without any doubt it was a massive show. 
The Ayub Stadium Quetta was jam packed with PDM workers and supporters. JUI-F, PKMAP and BNP-mengal was co-host of this public meeting. JUI-F, PKMAP and BNP-M has strong base in Balochistan which they did mobilise for this power show.
PDM leaders Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Akhter mangal, Mehmood Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao, Amir Haider Hoti and others once again lambasted the PTI government for its poor performance. The PDM leaders once again criticised the PTI government for economic crisis, poverty, unemployment and falling incomes. 
 The opposition has proved so far in the first three public meetings in Gujranwala, Karachi and Quetta that it has the ability and capability to mobilise its forces. The opposition has been able to build momentum for its future course of action. Opposition has proved that it is not a dead horse and can cause problems for the PTI government. 
The PTI Government seems under pressure. It is using the same old narrative of "Mulk Dushmani" for opposition leaders. It is linking PDM with India and Israel and labelling the opposition narrative as anti-Pakistan. It shows that government is feeling the heat of opposition mobilisation.

Ahead of the rally, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Ali Shahwani said that cell phone services have been suspended due to "security concerns" . He urged PDM leaders to direct their party workers to cooperate and not politicise the move.

Earlier on Friday, Shahwani said that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) had issued a security alert for the public rallies of opposition parties in Quetta and Peshawar, saying there was “credible information” about possibility of subversive activities. A day later, the provincial government banned pillion riding in Quetta under Section 144 of the criminal procedure code.

                                                             Khalid Bhatti    

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