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Political workers of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance, on Saturday, stormed into Multan’s Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh stadium after they broke the locks on the gate ahead of a planned gathering of PDM on 30th November at the venue.

Members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) carried out a rally that started from the Gillani House, workers of other parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) joined the rally at Chowk Ghanta Ghar where they clashed with the police.

The local administration of Multan, on Friday, had sealed Qilla Kohna Qasim Bagh and placed containers around it as PDM decided to go ahead with the planned gathering on November 30 despite being disallowed to hold a Jalsa by the city administration.

According to details, 30 containers were placed around the venue to bar the opposition parties from conducting the rally after deputy commissioner (DC) Multan, on Thursday, declined an application by the PDM to grant permission for a political gathering, citing the rising spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier an application seeking permission to hold the Jalsa, on November 30 at Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh Stadium in Multan, was filed by PPP leader Natasha Daultana.

According to the details, Khattak refused to allow opposition parties to hold the gathering while citing that Punjab government directives have banned any public gatherings of more than 300 guests until January 31 next year. The deputy commissioner also added that at least eight smart lockdowns have been imposed in the city to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.