LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has devised its strategy for a countrywide protest movement against the Pakistan Peoples Party-led (PPP) government and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s refusal to step down.
According to Senator Pervez Rashid, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif will start with addressing public gatherings in Punjab. The first rally will be held on May 4 in Taxila and will be followed by rallies in Gujranawala on May 7, Bahawalpur and Sargodha on May 8, Multan and Rawalpindi on May 10, Sialkot on May 11 and Gujrat on May 12.
Later, rallies will be held in Khyber-Paktunkhwa (K-P), Balochistan and then in Sindh.
Nawaz Sharif will address a final public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, where he will announce launch the Long March.
According to PML-N sources, the party has decided it will force stakeholders within and outside the country, including the army, to mount pressure on PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to replace Gilani as prime minister.
Earlier, the PML-N president had announced that a countrywide mass movement would be launched against the government if Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani did not step down after his conviction by the Supreme Court.
A meeting of PML-N’s top leadership was convened in the capital on Monday to decide on the party’s line of action after the apex court convicted the prime minister in a contempt case.