The power show of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was held on Monday at Multan’s Ghanta Ghar Chowk.
Earlier, the day saw a conflict between the city administration and opposition workers over holding a public event at a time when Coronavirus is rising.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-(F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and PPP’s Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, along with other PDM leaders and their respective supporters attended the public meeting.
Aseefa, who attended the rally on her brother and PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s behalf, said that the public has given its verdict and the “selected will have to go now”.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week and is in self-isolating. He will be addressing the jalsa via video link but due to security concerns PTA put jammers around the Chowk ghanta ghur in Multan so his address was cancelled.
“I have come among you today at a time when my brother, your brother, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is suffering from Coronavirus. I hope that just like you supported the mother of democracy and the daughter of the east, you will support Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on PDM’s platform. And I promise that I will support Chairman Bilawal and you at every step.”
She said that if the government arrested their brothers, PPP’s women will step out to struggle and save the country.“If they think we will be scared of arrests, they are deluded. If they arrest our brothers, every female worker of PPP will step outside to save our brothers and the country,” Aseefa told a charged crowd.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has also reached Multan in convoy. Shortly after her departure, she tweeted: “People of the land of saints, your daughters Maryam and Aseefa are coming to you.”
اولیا اللّہ کی سرزمین کے باسیو! تمہاری بیٹیاں تمہارے پاس آ رہی ہیں۔۔۔
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) November 30, 2020
Maryam also bashed the government for telling the opposition to postpone public meetings due to rising cases of Covid-19, saying, “Once Covid-18 goes home, Covid-19 will leave as well”.
“This Covid-19 is very intelligent. It doesn’t spread in Jamaat-i-Islami’s gatherings, it doesn’t spread in government officials’ public meetings. It doesn’t enter gatherings of 300 people. It only spreads in opposition rallies.”
Maryam said that PTI’s promise to make a South Punjab province was a “lie”. The PML-N leader said that she “feared for the country” because an “inexperienced player” was running it.