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Opposition alliance PDM delays long march to Islamabad due to OIC meeting

PDM chief asked supporters to enter the capital on the evening of March 25

The alliance of opposition parties PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) has called on its supporters to delay the “long march” to Islamabad due to the presence of foreign dignitaries of Islamic countries in Islamabad next week for a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).

Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), who also heads PDM, asked his supporters to enter the capital on the evening of Friday, March 25 instead of March 23.

“We respect Muslim countries and do not want to create any problems for the foreign dignitaries,” the politician told reporters,  referring to Islamabad hosting the 48th Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting on March 22-23 in which at least 48 OIC foreign ministers have confirmed participation.

PDM announced a long march a day after the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said it was holding one million-strong rally in Islamabad in front of parliament on March 27 ahead of the voting on no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the government’s allied party Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has appealed to the ruling PTI and the opposition parties to show restraint and urged them to cancel their planned public meetings at D-Chowk in the larger national interest.

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