APDM asks JI to stay away from protest

Published November 16, 2007

SWABI, Nov 15: The Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf which are in the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) on Thursday asked Jamaat-i-Islami to stay away from their protest to be held here on Friday.

Condemning the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami, for helping police arrest Imran Khan, PTI provincial vice-president Asad Qaisar told Dawn that opposition parties would not hold a protest demonstration with the Jamaat-i-Islami whose student wing had tried to sabotage the anti-government movement.

He said the PTI leader’s arrest was a conspiracy which had harmed the APDM.

He said that all APDM parties, minus Jamaat-i-Islami, would continue their struggle for the restoration of the Constitution, lifting of emergency, independence of judiciary and unity of opposition against the government.

He said the ANP and PML-N were aware of the fact that a conspiracy had been hatched to create differences among APDM parties.

He said the leaders of the two parties had been informed about demonstration and the PTI’s decision.

“They supported our point of view and agreed to keep Jamaat-i-Islami out of the protest.”

Meanwhile, The Swabi Union of Journalist and Abaseen Union of Journalists held a protest camp here against curbs on the media. The protesters condemned the arrest of journalists.

Leaders of various political parties visited the camp and expressed solidarity with journalists.

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