Fazl claims participation of all parties in ‘Azadi March’

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STAFF REPORT

LAHORE

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman paid a visit to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday, in an effort to appease and gain the support of the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for his upcoming sit-in protest under the name of ‘Azadi March’.

Talking to media after the meeting, the JUI-F chief said that the date the anti-government march in the federal capital Islamabad will be decided soon.

He said that they have arranged 15 million marches successfully and they have the ability to arrange “Azadi March”. “The opposition parties must stick to the Islamabad agreement,” he said.

Fazl claimed that the Islamabad march will be participated by all political parties, adding that the protestors will remain peaceful in the upcoming demonstration.

He said that the date will be finalised after consultation with the opposition parties. The JUI-F leader said that they [opposition] will not give any NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance] to the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The JUI-F chief accused the government of selling occupied Kashmir and said that the country is facing issues of rising inflation, unemployment and unrest, adding that the people belonging to every sector are suffering.

“The ruling PTI government is illegal and incapable,” he said and added overthrowing this government would be in country’s interest.

To a question regarding Sheikh Rasheed, he said that he cannot comment on such things. He said: “The joint strategy will be announced will be announced after consulting the opposition parties.”

The JUI-F supremo went on to say that the purpose of going to Islamabad is not intended to clash with any institution, adding that the march would be peaceful.

However, the opposition leadership is completely divided over the plan to lockdown the federal capital as the major political party’s chief, Pakistan People’s Party,  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had announced September 11 that PPP will not join the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s (JIU-F) upcoming anti-government march in Islamabad.

“I will be touring the country as [JUI-F chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman will be in Islamabad,” he told the media. However, he said, his party would continue extending moral and political support to the JUI-F chief on the issues he raises.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari said the PPP is ready to endure all sort of oppression but would never give up its democratic approach. “The PPP is a party of ideological principles and will never back down from its standpoint,” he said.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) stalwart Ahsan Iqbal had announced September 26, that his political party was set to march alongside Fazlur Rehman in his bid to lock down Islamabad as a protest against the incumbent government.