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Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F), has once again said that the present government is a sham and deserves not to be in the office. The leader of JUI-F also demanded the resignation of the Chief Election Commission of Pakistan (CECP) for his alleged failure to conduct free and fair elections in the country. Maulana was speaking to media in Peshawar where he bashed the government and the CEC.
He also maintained that all political parties, except the PTI, had expressed their reservations over rigging in the election. “Parties have not accepted the result of the polls. There is still time for the election commission to accept its failure and for the chief election commissioner to tender his resignation,” said Rehman. It is important to mention here that Maulana presided over a meeting of multi-conference after the ‘unprecedented’ electoral win of the PTI. But soon after the meeting, the PPP decided not to reject the elections and formed a government in Sindh. Similarly, the PML-N made all efforts to form its government in Punjab, but of no use.
Recently, Maulana Fazlur Rehman has clarified that he was not going to contest any by-elections against the PTI. According to analysts in Pakistan, Maulana fears that he won’t be able to win any by-elections against the PTI.
The MQM-P, PML-Q and other parties from Baluchistan and GDA have already become the part of the ruling alliance. According to media reports, Maulana had demanded from PM Imran Khan “not to form the government until he agrees to open all the constituencies.” He also said that the PTI got more seats only because of ‘massive rigging’ otherwise his [Maulana’s] party was more popular to win the elections. He blamed the PTI for being involved in ‘historic horse trading’.
Despite all criticism and upright refusal to accept the legitimate right of the present government to rule the country, Maulana was the joint presidential candidate of the opposition parties except the PPP. Maulana, however, remained unable to show an impressive performance since the lawmakers within the PML-N were not happy over his nomination.
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Recently, Maulana Fazlur Rehman has clarified that he was not going to contest any by-elections against the PTI. According to analysts in Pakistan, Maulana fears that he won’t be able to win any by-elections against the PTI. He has therefore decided not to put his political career at stake and stay quiet for almost next five years.
Maulana’s MMA Defeated in the General Elections 2018
Surprisingly, the combined strength of contestants of three religious parties, Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party (PRHP), Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) and Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), was more than the candidates fielded by Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). MMA, an alliance of five Islamic parties –JUI-F, Jamaat-e-Islami, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Islami Tehreek and Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan –could manage to get a dozen Provincial Assembly seats mainly from the traditional stronghold of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
Earlier, Maulana has threatened to disrupt the political process in the country if the results of General Elections 2018 are not declared “null and void”
The former ruling party in the KP, PTI, managed to get 66 seats. PTI has again the simple majority in the province. It is important to mention here that it is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that a single party got elected for the second time from KP. Interestingly, Awami National Party leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has conceded openly and termed Imran Khan as “popular leader”. “The results indicate that Imran Khan is a favorite leader of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I am a democratic person and I admit the defeat,” Mr. Bilour said.
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Earlier, Maulana has threatened to disrupt the political process in the country if the results of General Elections 2018 are not declared “null and void”. But when he saw PPP forming a government in Sindh, PML-N making efforts to win the battle of Punjab and Jamaat-e-Islami’s decision to ‘give a chance to Imran Khan to implement his vision’, Maulana sensed to be a little more soft and flexible.