PPP will not join Fazl’s long march: Bilawal

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Staff report

KARACHI

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday said that his party will not be part of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s anti-government long march, but promised to provide “moral and political support”.

Speaking to reporters in Jamshoro, Bilawal said that PPP has had a “clear and consistent policy when it came to dharna politics in Islamabad”.

“PPP would not join Fazl’s sit-in in Islamabad as his party never joined the rallies organised by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, now-Prime Minister Imran Khan or the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), he said.

“We support Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s politics and the issues he is raising. We provide moral support, political support for his initiative [but] strategically, we don’t see eye to eye.”

Bilawal announced that he will go around the country as part of his mass contact campaign and raise the same issues as Rehman.

“While Rehman will be in Islamabad, I will be going across the country and our narrative will be the same, which is that this puppet, incapable prime minister, who has been imposed upon us through rigging, who has ruined our economy, who has weakened our national security position on every issue including Kashmir […] he will have to go home,” the PPP chief concluded.

The JUI-F chief, last month, had announced that his party had planned a “decisive” long march aimed at ousting the present “fake government” in October. He had warned the government against making any effort to disrupt their planned march and expressed the hope that people from all walks of life and from all over the country would reach Islamabad to participate in what he called ‘Azadi March” to get rid of the present “incompetent and illegitimate government”.

He had said that his party was in contact with leaders of opposition parties in order to get them on board.