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No decision yet on JUI-F, PML-N coalition


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JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman talks to the media after a meeting with a PML-N delegation led by Raja Zafarul Haq in Islamabad on Saturday. Photo by Online
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman talks to the media after a meeting with a PML-N delegation led by Raja Zafarul Haq in Islamabad on Saturday. Photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) was yet to come to a decision regarding joining Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) government at the centre but there was “progress in talks.”

The PML-N and JUI-F leadership on Saturday held preliminary consultations for cooperation in the formation of government.

A three member PML-N delegation, led by Raja Zafarul Haq, met the JUI-F leadership and formally invited the latter to join the government.

Later talking to media representatives, Haq and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said there was progress in their talks. Answering a question why PML-N was inviting other parties when it has simple majority at the centre, Raja Zafarul Haq said that country was facing immense challenges and these require broad-based support for the ruling party to address them agreeably.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the decision will be taken on finalisation of the contours of the cooperation and the objectives to be achieved. He said his party leaders were still speculating the options.

“We are serious about the country. We do not have the desire for power. Coming to power was a responsibility,” said Rehman.

The JUI-F chief had called a meeting with party leaders to reach a decision about joining PML-N or sitting in the opposition benches earlier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Sherazi brothers of Thattha have announced to join the PML-N in a meeting with Shahbaz Sharif earlier in the day in Lahore’s Model Town. Ayaz Shah Sherazi, Shah Hussain Sherazi, Ijaz Shah Sherazi and Ameer Haider Sherazi expressed their full confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.

The JUI-F had announced that it would stage protests across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against alleged rigging during the May 11 elections.

However, Shahbaz Sharif met Rehman on Thursday and reportedly put forward a formal invitation for the JUI-F to ally with the PML-N to form a coalition government at the centre and in Balochistan.

The central working committee of JUI-F is expected to reach to a decision regarding joining the PML-N government at the centre in their scheduled meeting on Sunday. – PPI/DawnNews

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Comments (3) Closed

Masoud May 19, 2013 12:59am

FR no drama please better do today what you intend to do tomorrow. You cannot live without being attached to the ruling party, this is your history, so go for it.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson May 19, 2013 01:05am

I think it is better to leave this man on circumstances fate. NS already has enough members on his side so no need to induct rogue elements.

Fayzee May 19, 2013 10:23am

I would advise PML-N not to bow to FR's demands because they already have more than enough votes to run the country sincerely. People like FR will continue to create chaos every now and then. He is Zardari's best friend because both of them only have one thing in common i.e. money. So, please stay away from this guy.