PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has refused to allow Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to hold public rally in Peshawar on November 22, (Sunday) due to increasing cases of coronavirus.
According to details, the district administration has issued a notification in this regard, stating that a joint meeting was held with the organizers of the said rally.
Ceremonies and public gatherings are to be avoided as the Covid-19 positivity rate for district Peshawar has presently exceeded 13 percent, which is alarmingly high and any large public gathering is likely to further increase the spread of life threatening virus, the notification stated.
It further wrote that the local authorities regret to inform that permission for the said event has not been granted to the opposition parties.
It is to be mentioned here that PDM leadership has pledged to hold rally in Peshawar on November 22 at any cost.
Responding to the government’s decision, Awami National Party’s (ANP) provincial president Aimal Wali Khan said the PTI government is playing tricks over not giving no objection certificate (NOC) for the rally.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesman Ikhtiar Wali Khan asked with whom permission, PM Imran Khan and Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mahmood Khan had conducted rallies.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Faisal Karim Kundi has said that PDM will surely hold public gathering on November 22 in Peshawar.
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