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The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has persisted that it will hold a public ‘jalsa’ in Peshawar despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address against large public gatherings and rallies to curb the again rising cases of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister had on Monday announced that the government will be banning political rallies including its own. He had expressed fear that the healthcare system will become overburdened if SOP’s were not followed. He reminded the country of the situation in June.
“We have decided to ban public gatherings in the country, including ours, planned over the weekend, as large crowds help in the spread of the virus,” he said.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, JUI-F information secretary and coordinator Abdul Jalil Jan tweeted that the PDM will hold its rally in Peshwar as scheduled on November 22.

PDM’s rally will be held as scheduled

“The PDM’s November 22 rally in Peshawar will be held as per schedule,” the media coordinator for the Opposition parties’ coalition, Abdul Jalil Jan, said Monday, reported Geo News.

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Jan stressed that the PDM’s high command had already decided to hold all the meetings. “We will not allow the rulers to hide behind the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Amid the growing protest over the emerging election results in the Gilgit Baltistan region, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced a ban on rallies and gatherings.
In an address after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on coronavirus, the Prime Minister had announced a moratorium on political rallies and gatherings, as well as a ban on gatherings and crowds of more than 300 people, Geo News reported.

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“The chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan told us that the coronavirus spread significantly after the election campaigns,” he said.

PDM still plans to hold rallies in various cities. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz central senior vice-president Sardar Mohammad Yousuf also said that the rally would be held, adding that his party would hold a public meeting in Mansehra on November 18, local media reported.

GVS News Desk

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