Fazl musters support for Islamabad sit-in

Published April 1, 2019
"We have decided to launch a million march to get rid of this fascist government,” Fazalur Rehman says.— AFP/File
"We have decided to launch a million march to get rid of this fascist government,” Fazalur Rehman says.— AFP/File

SARGODHA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman has launched a campaign to motivate his supporters for the `million march’ he has planned against the government.

“The present regime is a product of rigging. It is following the agenda of foreign lobby and destroying cultural heritage and religious assets of the nation. Therefore, we have decided to launch a million march to get rid of this fascist government,” he told a news conference on Sunday.

He said the JUI-F was motivating all opposition parties to join its proposed sit-in in Islamabad. He said PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari will support the move.

He said that those who had been abusing the parliament in the past were fooling the nation by their false statements and had not given up the style of abusing opposition. “Therefore, people have realised the fact that this party will rather ruin the entire set-up through its foul play.”

Fazl said that his party’s move against the present regime was to make it to enforce Islamic Shariah in the country and frustrate the evil agenda of Jewish lobby. He said present regime was promoting nepotism and obscenity beside fooling the nation on oil and gas reserves. .

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan was misusing his authority by doing the politics of revenge. He regretted that he planned to unite all parties against rigging and malpractices in general elections but none bothered to join hands but now those who brought Imran Khan into power had realised their mistake.

“I will convince all political parties to unite and join him at the Islamabad sit-in to save the country from collapse and for revival of true democracy.”

After his press conference, Fazl addressed a gathering at Fatima Jinnah Road and sounded optimism for a considerable support for the sit-in which he said would remain peaceful.He said the 18th Amendment was introduced for the best interest of provinces and all political parties would resist government move to scrap it.

He said the JUI-F would gather at Bab-e-Khyber on April 21 and in Mansehra on April 28 before moving to Islamabad for a “historic million march.”

Present at the meeting were Alama Sajid Mir, Awais Noorani, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Maulana Amjad Ali Khan, Maulana Noor Muhammad Hazarvi, Maulana Amir Zaman and local religious leaders.

Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2019

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