HYDERABAD: The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), a coalition of opposition parties and political figures, will hold its first political power show in Sukkur on November 26.
GDA General Secretary Ayaz Latif Palijo, who heads the Qaumi Awami Tehreek, asked people on Wednesday to come out in support of the public meeting against cruelty, injustice, corruption, unemployment and inflation.
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"November 26 is going to be a test for the people of Sukkur and Larkana divisions," said Palijo. He added that it will show whether people want to shed tears at their homes over the destruction of Sindh due to alleged bad governance and corruption or want to act. According to him, Pakistan Muslim League - Functional (PML-F) President Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi, who is also spiritual head of Hurr Jamaat, will be the main speaker at the gathering.
This would be the second public meeting which Pagara will address since he took over the party. Earlier, he spoke at the PML-F's public meeting in Hyderabad, the largest ever held by any political party in the city in recent history, on December 14, 2012. That event was organised to compel the Sindh government to withdraw the Sindh Local Government Act, 2012, which its opponents argued intended to divide Sindh into two separate administrative units.
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Former chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, PML - Nawaz's Aijaz Shah Sherazi, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers Dr Safdar Abbassi, Ghaus Bux Mahar and other political figures will also attend the gathering.
Palijo also invited farmers, particularly sugarcane and rice growers, to attend the meeting against the PPP-led Sindh government's policies which have allegedly harmed the agriculture sector. He said that after the power show, the alliance will initiate a registration process with the Election Commission of Pakistan.