LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has worked out a plan to hold protest rallies to press the demand of ousting Yousaf Raza Gilani from the office of the prime minister, who has been convicted on the contempt of court charges.

The party chief, Nawaz Sharif, will address the first of the series of public meetings in Taxila on May 5. Protest demonstrations will also be held in Gujranwala on May 7, Bahawalpur and Sargodha on May 8, Multan and Rawalpindi on May 10, Sialkot on May 11 and in Gujrat on May 12.

The PML-N is already protesting against Prime Minister Gilani on the floor of the house.

Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has claimed that his party members will not let Yousaf Raza Gilani sit in the National Assembly since he has become a ‘stranger’ to the house after being convicted which also divested him of the assemble seat.

On Monday, the PML-N Central Working Committee met in Islamabad and announced to stage a massive movement against the govt with an immediate effect.

The momentum created through the public protest and rallies is expected to culminate into a long march which, the party claims, will not return from Islamabad without achieving the goal of removal of the prime minister.  In order to intensify resistance against the government and to fuel the protest movement, the PML-N has also decided to contact other opposition parties in and outside the Parliament.  It has formed various committees to mobilise people at the grass root level.

 The PML-N has already started making informal contacts with the opposition parties, while Nawaz Sharif will soon convene a meeting to take them into the confidence.

The move is aimed at making them understand the seriousness of the situation after the government’s defiance of the court verdict and taking them on board on the issue of the planned movement.