Fazl lashes out at govt, says won’t tolerate drama in the name of accountability

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JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi at their residence in Islamabad late on Tuesday.

Fazl visited Hussain and Elahi’s residence to sought a response to his proposals which he had given to them during their meeting on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Chaudhry brothers, the JUI-F chief said he believed in meaningful talks. He added the government should come up with practical proposals if they wanted to resolve the issues.

“Our basic demands should be implemented after which other issues could will come under discussion,” Fazl said.

Shujaat advised the JUI-F chief to resolve the issues through talks and reconciliation and show flexibility in his stance demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Fazl addresses Azadi March protest

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressed participants of the Azadi March protest gathering, on Tuesday. 

“Won’t tolerate drama in the name of accountability in this country anymore,” he said, lashing out at the government for its alleged witch hunting of political opponents. 

Fazl lashed out at the government, blaming it for disturbing the friendly ties between Pakistan and China. 

“We used to be proud of our friendship with China,” he said. “We used to tell people that our friendship with China was higher than the Himalayas and sweeter than honey. Now, even China is not ready to invest in Pakistan due to our leaders’ follies,” he added. 

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief, Maulana Fazal-ur- Rehman addresses to his supporters during anti-government protest Azadi March held in Islamabad on Monday, November 04, 2019. Photo: PPI

Fazl said that under the current economic conditions, factories were shutting down and production institutes were also being rendered useless. He said that people were losing their jobs. 

“For the firs time in our history, three budgets were presented in a single year,” he said. “Even then this government couldn’t take advantage of the taxes.”

Fazl said that Pakistan’s ties with Afghanistan had hit a new low while Iran was giving more respect to India as compared to Pakistan. 

“There is gold, silver and priceless minerals in the mountains of Balochistan,” he said. “However, the people of Balochistan do not have control over their own resources.”

Govt, Opposition deadlock persists…

The deadlock between the government and the opposition persisted on Tuesday. A joint press conference was held by the Rahbar Committee and the opposition after the talks were held. 

“We are holding on to our demands,” said Rahbar Committee Convener Akram Durrani. “In our meeting with the government committee, we told them about our demands for the premier’s resignation and fresh elections,” he said. 

Khattak, who was also holding the press conference with Durrani, said that talks between the government and the opposition were still going on. 

“They have their own stance, we have ours,” he said. “We are trying to arrive at the middle ground.”

Khattak said that talks between the two sides would go on. He hoped that the deadlock between the two sides would end soon. 

PM gives govt committee go ahead to accept opposition’s demands

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday gave go ahead to the government negotiating team to accept the demands of the Azadi March protesters that were in accordance with the Constitution.

The team headed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak met the prime minister as thousands of protesters continue to protest in Islamabad demanding the premier’s resignation.

According to sources, the prime minister told the negotiating team to accept all the demands set forward by the opposition apart from his resignation.

During the meeting, the prime minister also expressed gratitude for Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leaders Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain who on Monday met Maulana Fazlur Rehman to persuade him to call off Azadi March.

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