To prevent a protest outside the Supreme Court, federal finance minister Ishaq Dar and interior minister Rana Sanaullah met with Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday.
The PDM’s planned protest outside of the Supreme Court and the ongoing political upheaval in Pakistan provided the backdrop for the gathering. Ishaq Dar and Rana Sanaullah strongly suggested that Maulana Fazlur Rehman move the demonstration to D-chowk.
Mr Sanaullah, in the meantime, spoke to the press on Sunday evening, saying that he had asked PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to move the protest because of security concerns and his reports been given were “alarming,” adding that he hoped for a positive response.
He continued by saying the populace was enraged and that it would be impossible to maintain order in a red zone demonstration. Meanwhile, the head of PDM hadn’t made up his mind.
Earlier, the PDM had declared that the protest outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan would continue until head Justice Umar Ata Bandial resigned.
Political figures from all around Pakistan, including PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, PM Shehbaz Sharif, and PML-N chief organizer Maryam Nawaz, were present in the emergency PDM meeting when the news was made.
After the meeting, Mr. Rehman addressed the media and criticized the apex court for granting bail to Mr. Khan in all instances after May 9. He said the court was shielding Imran Khan rather than bringing him to justice.
In addition, he claimed that the court had overstepped its constitutional and legal jurisdiction by directing officials not to arrest Mr Khan even in unproven situations. He grieved that Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Faryal Talpur had not been shown the same leniency.