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What: The 11-party anti-government alliance called the Pakistan Democratic Movement is staging its second rally in Karachi Sunday. Where: Karachi ‘s Jinnah BaghWho: PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz, JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Live updates

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Maulana Fazlur Rehman has reached Karachi, met Bilawal Bhutto at Bilawal House. Maryam is expected to join them there and then they will head to the jalsa. Bilawal is expected to speak first, followed by Maryam and then Maulana Fazlur Rehman.Maryam Nawaz was at Avari Towers as of 6:30pm and is expected to leave shortly for the venue. Mian Nawaz Sharif will not be addressing the rally in Karachi, PML-N’s spokesperson Muhammad Zubair tells Roohan Ahmed of SAMAA Digital.People are entering Karachi from the rest of Sindh and arriving at Jinnah Bagh. Provincial leaders are arriving at Bagh-e-Jinnah. As of 6pm there was no sign of Maulana Fazal, Bilawal Bhutto and Maryam Nawaz.

PPP leaders are also posting pictures and videos of caravans of people arriving for the rally. Saeed Ghani is asking people to wear face masks. PPP workers are distributing them. The first PDM jalsa, in Gujranwala, was severely critisized for not being able to enforce SOPs.

Fully charged workers of PPP hyderabad ready to move for karachi jalsa. pic.twitter.com/Si1PeHxlgD— sharjeel inam memon (@sharjeelinam) October 18, 2020

The PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz is in Karachi and headed straight to the Jinnah Bagh from the airport. She is accompanied by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Marriyum Aurangzeb and other party leaders.

She visited the Quaid’s Mausoleum and paid respects there. On her way to the venue, Maryam said that the PML-N’s narrative is based on principles.

“Quaid-e-Azam had said that governments should come and go through votes,” she said, adding that she was overwhelmed by the love she received in the city.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has also reached Karachi. He met former president Asif Ali Zardari at Ziauddin Hospital to check up on his health and discussed multiple political matters with him.


The Pakistan Democratic Movement will be staging its second rally in its anti-government campaign today (Sunday). The rally will be held in Karachi and is being hosted by the PPP.

Vice-President Maryam Nawaz will arrive in Karachi today for the rally and JUI-F
chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is also head of the PDM, arrived Saturday

The rally
is being held at Jinnah Bagh, the ground next to Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum. PPP
Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah both
toured the venue ahead of the rally to inspect the preparations.

claims 100,000 people will attend the rally. Over 4,000 policemen have been
deputed for the security of the rally and the organisers have prepared 100,000
masks for participants. Seats have also been placed at a distance from each
other to ensure social distancing.

Four gates
have been set up at the venue—one for PDM leaders, one for women, one for
political workers and one for the media.

The federal
government has issued a No Objection Certificate for the rally but warned that
the permission could be revoked at any time for any reason.

The rally
has to finish before midnight.

stages have been set up—one for the main PDM leaders and two for senior leaders
of opposition parties. Each stage is 160 feet long, 20 feet high and 50 feet
wide. Barbed wire has been placed around the main stage where the PDM leaders
will sit.

The PDM, which is comprised of 11 opposition parties, has vowed to stage rallies across the country to begin a movement against the government. Its first rally was in Gujranwala on October 16.

Traffic plan

The Karachi traffic police issued a traffic plan for the city a few days ago, and have now issued a parking plan for the rally.

attending the rally can park at Nishtar Park, Tai Karate Ground, Sharae
Quaideen Khudad Colony Underpass and Corridor 3 Resident Engineer of
Mazar-e-Quaid office.

coming from outside Karachi can enter the city via Sohrab Goth and then proceed
from Water Pump, Liaquatabad Dak Khana and Gurumandir to either Nishtar Park or
Tai Karate Ground. They could also travel from Sohrab Goth to Abul Hassan Isphahani
Road, take the Safari Park U-turn to get onto University Road and then proceed
to New Town, Jail Flyover and PP Chowrangi to near the Resident Engineer

coming from Thatta, District Malir and District East can arrive at Jinnah Bagh
via Sharae Faisal to Karsaz to Stadium Road to New Town and to the Jail Flyover.

Jamshed Road and Teen Hatti will be closed for regular traffic. Traffic on
Sharae Quaideen will not be allowed to go any further than the Noorani signal.
Traffic on University Road towards Jail Chowrangi will be diverted left towards

Corridor 3
will also be sealed for regular traffic from Regal Chowk to MA Jinnah Road. Heavy
traffic will not be allowed on the routes from Nazimabad and Teen Hatti to
Gurumandir. Heavy traffic can use the Nishtar Road route instead.

Heavy traffic is also not allowed from Liaquatabad Number 10 to Teen Hatti and Gurumandir or Sharae Quaideen to Society.

Abdul Gh Lone