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Govt ministers hold presser after opposition forms anti-govt alliance

Top government ministers are holding a press conference, a day after the country’s major opposition parties announced launching of a three-phased anti-government movement under the banner of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

Information Minister Shibli Faraz said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech yesterday had raised suspicions about the election process because his party was unable to garner votes in the 2018 elections and because he is "not used to a free and fair election".

"The elections in which he was elected the prime minister thrice were right but because in this one he was unable to form the government, he is raising these questions," he added.

"When things are according to their plan, they are okay, but when the opposite happens they are not," Faraz said, accusing the opposition of "spreading confusion and making things controversial".

He said "they are not helping the democracy and are trying to discredit a political setup which they claim to own."

The minister said the opposition members could carry out election reforms if they had any objections. "Don't make the election and democracy controversial, this country has done you a lot of favours," he added while addressing the opposition.

Breaking his over two-year-long silence, deposed prime minister Nawaz while addressing the opposition’s multiparty conference via video link from London alleged that there was “a state above the state in the country” and declared that the opposition’s struggle was not against Prime Minister Imran but against “those who had imposed such an incapable person” upon the nation through a manipulated electoral process.

Giving a formal shape to their alliance with the name of PDM and demanding resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country’s major opposition parties at the MPC, which was hosted by the Pakistan Peoples Party, announced launching of a three-phased anti-government movement under an “action plan” starting from next month with countrywide public meetings, protest demonstrations and rallies in December and a “decisive long march” towards Islamabad in January 2021.

More to follow.

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