PDM announces 12-point ‘Charter of Pakistan’, rejects GB poll results, ban on rallies

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday announced that a 12-point agreement, the "Meesaq-e-Pakistan", had been reached between members of the Opposition alliance.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, following a meeting between various PDM leaders, Fazlur Rehman said that this fulfils the promise made to people of sharing the ground rules and objectives of the 11-party anti-government campaign.

The 12 points of the covenant were outlined as under:

1. Enforcement of and supremacy of the Constitution of Pakistan

2. Autonomy of the parliament

3. Elimination of the role of establishment and intelligence agencies from politics

4. Establishment of an independent judiciary

5. Reforms for free, independent and fair elections

6. Protection of basic human and democratic rights of the people

7. Protection of the rights of the provinces and the 18th constitutional Amendment

8. Effective local government system

9. Security of freedom of expression and media

10. Elimination of extremism and terrorism and the implementation of the National Action Plan

11. Emergency economic plan for an end to inflation, unemployment, and for poverty alleviation

12. Protection and implementation of the Islamic provisions of the Constitution

‘Rigged’ elections rejected

The PDM chief also said that the Opposition alliance "rejects the rigging in Gilgit Baltistan".

"This was a replay of the rigging of the 2018 elections," said Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

He alleged that the Supreme Court's directives for a free and fair election in Gilgit Baltistan were ignored.

'Rallies to continue as planned'

"We have decided that we will not end our campaign until the selected government is sent packing," the Maulana declared.

He said that the NAB, FIA and other agencies are "taking revenge" by making "false cases" against politically active people.

Fazlur Rehman said that PDM rejects the ban on political rallies under the "guise of coronavirus". "The PDM's rallies will be held as per schedule."

In his press talk Tuesday, Fazl also said that PDM's "momentum will be increased" and all rallies and public meetings will be held as per schedule.

When asked about Prime Minister Imran's announcement regarding the introduction of electoral reforms earlier in the day, Fazl said: "They (government) are used to rigging. They are trying to pressurise other members [of Parliament] and this will not happen. We are taking measures to block this but we won't tell you about this at this stage."

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