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PDM leaders fail to agree on Charter of Pakistan, taking oath in GB

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Democratic Moment (PDM) on Tuesday formed a five-member committee to formulate the future roadmap for the alliance named as ‘Charter of Pakistan’, however, the opposition leadership failed to reach a consensus on whether its newly elected lawmakers of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly would take oath as members.
The alliance also failed to finalise its roadmap called ‘Charter of Pakistan’ which led to the formation of a five-member committee.
Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the meeting of PDM senior leadership attended by Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others witnessed heated debates over several issues and the cracks in the alliance widened further.
Bilawal and Akhtar Mengal attended the meeting through video-link. Nawaz could not attend due to treatment for severe kidney problems.
Moreover, sources said, during the PDM meeting, Fazl and Mohsin Dawar had a heated exchange over the merger of erstwhile FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
A source told this scribe that Fazl called FATA’s integration into KP a western agenda which infuriated Dawar who responded by saying that the FATA merger was the aspiration of the people.
“If it was the agenda of the west, this merger would have been done 70 years ago. We should not discuss controversial issues from PDM forum,” the source quoted Dawar as saying.
The meeting decided to form a committee comprising Ahsan Iqbal, Sherry Rehman, Raza Rabbani, Khurram Dastgir and Kamran Murtaza.
According to the PDM leaders, the following points are being discussed for Charter of Pakistan:
1) Ensuring the supremacy and functioning of the federal, Islamic, democratic and parliamentary constitution of Pakistan.
2) Sovereignty of parliament.
3) Eliminating the role of the establishment and intelligence agencies from politics.
4) Establishment of an independent judiciary.
5) Reforms and holding for free, fair and equitable elections.
6) Protection of the basic human and democratic rights of the people.
7) Protection of the rights of the provinces and the 18th Amendment.
8) Effective local government system.
9) Defending freedom of expression and the media.
10) Eliminating extremism and terrorism (implementation of the National Action Plan).
11) Inflation, unemployment, emergency, economic plan to end poverty.
12) Protection and implementation of Islamic provisions of the constitution.
Later, talking to media, Fazl said that the PDM has outlined the basic principles and objectives of its movement. He said that the meeting agreed to elimination of the role of the establishment and intelligence agencies from politics.
“All political parties have agreed to end extremism and inflation. Gilgit-Baltistan elections have been rejected. Ban on PDM rallies under the guise of Coronavirus has been rejected. PDM meetings will be held as scheduled,” he said.
He said that the PDM movement would not stop until the PTI government is sent packing. He also said that the PDM has formulated some rules. He alleged that the FIA and other agencies were registering false cases against the PDM leaders. He further said that the meeting decided to appoint Qamar Zaman Kaira as Deputy Secretary General of PDM.
Ruling out talks with the PTI government, Fazl said the PDM would not negotiate with the government for any kind of legislation.
Maryam told media that the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general had confessed everything in his press release about Karachi incident.
“By admitting that our officers get emotional, what kind of message is being conveyed to the world. It reflects that all there are not on the same page,” she claimed. She urged all PDM parties to agree to a policy that they will say goodbye to the opportunist politicians.
Asked whether the PDM would keep using the name of establishment in future meetings, Maryam said that the stated policy will continue.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]

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