Balochistan govt urges PDM to delay Quetta rally

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Staff Reporter

Quetta

Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani on Friday urged the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to delay its upcoming public meeting in Quetta. He cites a security threat alert issued by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
PDM, an anti-government alliance of 11 opposition parties, is scheduled to hold its third power show in Quetta on October 25. The alliance had initially announced its first public meeting in Quetta on October 11 but there was a change of plans with the movement kicking off with a rally in Gujranwala on October 16.
The second rally under the PDM banner was held in Karachi on October 18.
Addressing a press conference in Quetta, Shahwani noted that the PDM had already delayed its Quetta rally at least once and urged the alliance to do so again in the “wider interest of the public” given the threat alert issued by Nacta. He did not elaborate on the nature of the security threat.
“Later, when this threat has been eradicated or when the planners and masterminds are arrested […] Once Nacta issues a clearance, they (PDM) can hold a rally. This will be better as they will get more time to prepare,” he said, and added.