Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz will reportedly lead the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)’s long march from Lahore to Islamabad — a step aimed at positioning Maryam as the face of the movement to draw crowds.
“Ms Nawaz is keen to charge the workers and lead the long march from the provincial capital but like many in the party she too believes that Imran will be sent packing without the march,” a senior PML-N leader told Dawn.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced it would join the PDM long march, as well. PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari reportedly told Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the party’s intentions on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) have both demurred on whether or not they will be joining the opposition in their bid to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The MQM-P earlier announced an agreement with PPP to work for the ‘greater interest of the county’.
PML-Q leader Parvez Elahi maintained in a candid interview on Hum TV that his party is both a government ally and an ‘independent party’, while adding that he believed opposition has garnered enough votes to pass the no-confidence motion.
The PDM’s long march was pushed back by two days to accommodate visiting foreign dignitaries in Islamabad for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting. The PDM’s sit-in will now take place on March 25, three days before the no-confidence vote is expected in the National Assembly on March 28.