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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.

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PML-N
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
night.

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.

The PPP
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.

Three
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.

Abdul Gh Lone

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