Impasse: Govt efforts result in no-fruition as Fazl prolongs stay

PML-Q leadership met thrice with JUI-F chief in 36 hours requesting him to show flexibility in his demands

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

Government is trying hard to end the deadlock with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on ‘Azadi March’ issue and for this Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leadership met thrice with JUI-F chief Maulana FazlurRehman in 36 hours requesting him to show flexibility in his demands, sources disclosed.

Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Wednesday met again with JUI-F leader MualanaFazlur Rehman to discuss matters pertaining to Azadi March.

In a short discussion with media men after the meeting, Elahi said progress on talks continues and different options are under consideration.

He said this is a difficult situation and nation need to have patience. He said efforts are being made in order to solve issues in an amicable way.

He said we would succeed but it would take some time.

Earlier, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at their residence in Islamabad on Tuesday night.

Talking to media after the meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that we are not against meaningful negotiations with the government. He said that we shared our stance with Chaudhry brothers during the meeting and also sought guidance from them.

FazlurRehman said that the Azadi March sit-in is not for ‘spectators’ but for resolute ones.

The JUI-F chief was addressing the gathering in the federal capital, where he lauded the resilience of the Azadi March participants for bracing rain and cold weather.

Maulana Fazl addressed the participants of the sit-in in evening, saying that further time cannot be given to the government as it can lead to ‘further deterioration in the country’s situation’.

Fazl said that people could not get justice in Pakistan. “There is no justice in the country. NAB is helpless when it comes to holding the government responsible in Pakistan,” he said.

Fazl said that he and the Azadi Marchers had arrived in Islamabad to save the country and that is what they will do.

“If these unqualified people present the next budget, then God forbid, the country will collapse,” he said.

At the start of the address, Fazl lauded the workers for bracing rain and cold weather with sheer resilience.

“This gathering is for those who stand firmly behind their stance,” said Fazl to the crowd.

He said that the sit-in is not for ‘spectators’ but for the resolute ones.