Aseefa Bhutto Zardari to address PDM’s Nov 30 jalsa in Multan: Gilani

Statesman Report

MULTAN: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s youngest child, will address the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) jalsa in Multan on November 30.

This was announced by former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday while talking to reporters. Gilani and his sons are overseeing the preparations for the public gathering which will also mark PPP’s 53rd foundation day.

He said the government was making the situation worse by trying to stop the public gathering, asserting that the rally will definitely take place.

Maryam will also attend Multan rally

Separately, Kasim told reporters that PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz has confirmed her attendance at Sunday’s public gathering.

“We are ready with Plan A, B and C. We have identified 12 spots in the city. If the administration does not let us reach jalsa gah, Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh, we will hold the public meeting at either of these 12 spots.”

It may be mentioned here that Kasim’s brother, Syed Musa Ali Gilani, was arrested along with other party and PDM workers on Wednesday for holding a public rally despite a province-wide ban on large public gatherings owing to the coronavirus pandemic. He was granted bail on Thursday.

Permission denied

The city administration on Thursday refused to grant permission for a public gathering planned by the Opposition alliance, citing the rising spread of the coronavirus.

An application seeking permission to hold the meeting on November 30 in Multan was filed by PPP leader Natasha Daultana.

Denying permission for the jalsa, Deputy Commissioner Amir Khattak cited Punjab government directives banning public gatherings of more than 300 guests until January 31 next year.