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Imran Khan’s Miracles: Liberals & Maulvis Are Standing Together “Against Him”

Maulana Fazlur Rehman is not leading the mob towards D-Chowk. The government welcomes the move, promises to give face-saving to the JUI-F, their aides. But has this protest exposed Pakistani liberals?

Maulana Fazlur Rehman has announced not to march towards D-Chowk in the Federal Capital but still did not lose the call for resignation by Imran Khan. He was addressing his followers in Islamabad on Saturday evening where he explained his political vision and decided not to violate any law. Prior to the speech, Maulana had announced to “go ahead and arrest the Prime Minister from his house”. Analysts believe that the JUI-F’s chief is now desperately looking for a deal for face-saving.

The JUI-F’s chief also said that this protest may change its strategy but it shall continue to question the ‘installation of an incompetent government’ in Pakistan. Political commentators believe that Maulana has conveyed a message that he is likely to call off the protest since he could not manage to get the resignation of the premier.

Maulana praised his party members for always standing up against the PTI’s government. He also explained to them that he [PM Imran Khan] is a “Jewish agent” who has been imposed on Pakistan to challenge its “identity and ideology”. However, Maulana announced that after his protest “nobody shall ever think of recognizing Israel or allowing Jews to run this country.” Prime Minister Imran Khan has emerged as a Muslim leader who greatly inspired many other leaders e.g. Dr. Mahathir of Malaysia and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Three leaders have also decided to launch an English-language TV channel to present a true image of Islam before the world.

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After the premier’s speech in the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, the world has come to recognize him as a “genuine Muslim leader”. Religious leaders in Pakistan also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for his bold, courageous and to-the-point speech at the highest political forum of the world.

He also targeted PM Imran for nominating Mian Atif for his advisory committee while clarifying the position of his party on the matter of finality of prophethood. Analysts pointed out that Maulana targeted a vulnerable community.

“I was amused to see the reaction of Pakistani liberals,” said Professor G.M Pitafi of University of Management and Technology. He further said that Maulana was using the religious card and both PPP and PML-N did not utter a single word. “PPP has been exposed. It has confirmed one thing to us; all is fair in politics. The same party was using Sindhi card and now standing by someone who is critical of religious minorities in the country,” he said.

The federal government welcomed the Maulana’s decision to avoid marching towards D-Chowk in the sensitive Red Zone or surrounding Prime Minister House and expresses the desire to meet all demands of opposition parties, except the premier’s resignation, through dialogue for the country’s betterment.

The government has also announced to give face-saving to Maulana. “We are ready to give face-saving to Maulana Sahib,” says Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan at a late-night press conference along with Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri when asked if the government would facilitate the return of protesters from Islamabad.

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It was feared that the protest may lead to ‘unwanted situation’ where the law enforcement agencies shall be forced to take action against those breaking the law. Experts and analysts suggested the opposition not to create a chaotic situation which may lead to complete anarchy. Dr. Asma Hamid Awan who teaches Politics and Intentional Relations at Kinnard College believes that “the state just can’t afford more chaos, both for its economic and political development and social cohesion. When there are in-house, constitutional and legal methods of bringing change then street politics is only an anomic activity”.