ISLAMABAD: Like the 11-party Pakistan Democ­ratic Movement (PDM), the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Wednesday vowed to defy the government’s ban on public meetings and annou­nced holding its rally in Lower Dir as per schedule.

“The JI will hold the fourth protest rally in Lower Dir on Sunday (Nov 29) under its ongoing campaign against inflation, unemployment and interest-based economy,” says party’s secretary general Ameerul Azim in a statement.

He said huge gatherings during the three rallies in Bajaur, Buner and Swat (Mingora) had proved masses were not satisfied with the policies of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government.

The incapable rulers, he said, were not only continuing the policies of the previous governments, they had also brought further deterioration in key sectors.

Mr Azim said the JI had decided to organise the masses to put pressure on the government that it either should make sincere efforts to fix the problems or “get ready to go home”.

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2020

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