By Special Correspondent
Pakistan’s opposition leaders, along with the “ocean” of people, made their way to Gujranwala for the first demonstration of the power of their anti-government movement.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, who left for the rally from her residence in Jati Umra, Lahore earlier in the day, said that it took her motorcade six hours to leave Lahore. “There’s an ocean of people on the front, back, right, and left. It’s unprecedented,” she wrote earlier, posting photographs and videos of supporters following her convoy.
Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Leader Fazlur Rehman is still a few hours away from the location, though, according to TV sources, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s convoy entered Gujranwala Area, chanels reported.
Bilawal energized his supporters by speaking briefly on their way to Wazirabad, saying that the opposition parties would work together to rid the people of “this oppressive ruler.” Hundreds of supporters and workers began gathering at Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala, in the afternoon after coming from different cities in the form of rallies.
They raised slogans and waved flags of the different opposition parties that are part of the PDM coalition, as opposition themes were played on loudspeakers.The newly established Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is holding its first anti-government protest in Gujranwala. The Gujranwala Rally will be organized by 11 groups, including PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz), PPP (Pakistan People’s Party), and JUI-F (Jamiat Ulema-e – Islam-Fazl).
The anti-government rally was organized to condemn the military atrocities and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the sense of corruption economic slowdown and poor governance. Several politicians, including PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Asif, Khurram Dastagir, and veteran politician Javed Hashmi, are already present. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.
Almost 10,000 seats have been arranged in the ground, while some 25.000 people can be accommodated in separate enclosures in the stadium. Usman Bhatti, Geo News reporter who is riding along with Maryam Nawaz’s convoy, says the district administration has closed the adjacent roads on the declared PML-N vice-president’s route, making it more difficult for staff to join her.
Geo News journalist Hamid Mir has reported that there are 50,000-60,000 people in attendance. Reporting from the Shahzad Iqbal venue in the studio, he said that no one was wearing masks. The host explains, “When party leaders can call too many people out on the streets, they can ask them to wear masks.”