Punjab’s special assistant to chief minister (SACM) on information Firdous Ashiq Awan said Thursday that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman only sought rescue now.
In response to JUI-F chief Fazal-ur-Rehman’s earlier press talk standing next to Muhammad Ali Durrani of PML-F, SACM Awan said that Fazal has reached a dead-end. He needs to be rescued out of this closed street, the SACM said, adding that it was due to this sole reason he was compelled to meet Durrani –who met Fazal on the instructions of Pir Pagara.
She said Durrani was not representing the government in his talks with the PDM and that if the opposition has to negotiate on matters, they will have to consider the constitutional way. The constitutional head of the state is the country’s prime minister, Awan noted, adding that in any such negotiations, this must be taken into consideration. If PDM chooses any other way divergent from this, it would be unconstitutional, she said.
It was earlier reported that according to the inside story of a meeting amongst Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice president Maryam Nawaz and JUI-F and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam, and NS expressed displeasure over onesided decisions taken by the Pakistan People’s Party.
“Bilawal signed Charter of Pakistan and now he is backing from the decisions”, sources privy to the development said.
Fazlur Rehman also expressed his anger over the recent meeting of Muhammad Ali Durrani with the PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif in jail. We are fighting against political interference of the establishment in political matters and Shehbaz is meeting with their representatives, Fazlur Rehman was quoted as saying as per sources.
Establishment also ready for talks?
Arif Hameed Bhatti, a prominent journalist and political commentator, revealed in a talk-show, Breaking Point with Malick, that the establishment has “secretly conveyed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to resolve the ongoing political impasse in the country”.
Bhatti also revealed that Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Secretary General Muhammad Ali Durrani called on PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail after he was asked “by the establishment to go to jail”.
“During my meeting with Shehbaz, I conveyed an important message of the party chief Syed Sibghatullah Rashidi [Pir of Pagaro] to him. Mr Shehbaz is asked to play his role in stopping the opposition from resigning from the assemblies as the move could wrap up the democratic system. There is a need to initiate a grand dialogue among the national institutions and politicians, make the parliament functional and gather all Muslim Leagues under one platform,” Mr Durrani told media persons after the meeting.
Notably, on the eve of November 30, Muhammad Malick, a prominent Pakistani journalist, revealed that “the top army brass is under no internal pressure to create space for opposition parties”. While speaking to Nasim Zehra on channel 24, Malick maintained that the narrative projected by Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazalur Rehman won’t be of any use in the long run. “To be fair, this narrative can create some excitement but it is not sustainable,” he said.
PDM has been seen carrying an anti-establishment narrative since its creations. Nawaz Sharif named the Army Chief and DG ISI for political engineering in the country. “General Bajwa is responsible for installing incompetent Imran Khan,” he said while addressing PDM rally from London.
Sources claim that the establishment now seems to be ready for talks, albeit its reluctance to give NRO to the Sharif family, to end the prevailing political insecurity. “The establishment cannot remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from the office for its own sake but there are some concessions to be given to PML-N, PPP, and JUI-F,” a reliable source told GVS. However, it is yet to be seen if Prime Minister Imran Khan shall accept any such deal or not.