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Maulana’s Plan-B Backfires: Sindh police registers FIR against 250 members

Sindh police have registered a case against 250 troublemakers of the JUI-F. The PPP’s government has already announced that no one would be allowed to block roads in the province at any cost. Is this the beginning of disintegration of a joint opposition?

In a bizarre move, Sindh police have registered cases against the leaders and members of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) for blocking roads and disrupting public order. According to media reports, Moachko police registered a case against the provincial leadership of JUI-F for blocking the highway linking Karachi with Balochistan through Hub.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of JUI-F, had announced to implement Plan-B of his anti-government campaign to get the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. During the first phase of his campaign, Maulana held a 13-day long dharna in the federal capital but it failed to get him anything. He called off the dharna and threatened to block all the major highways across the country until the premier steps down.

SHO Moha­mmed Wasim told media that the case had been registered against 250 baton-armed people, including some JUI-F leaders and supporters, after they suddenly blocked the highway, causing collision between vehicles and damage to some of them.

According to Mr. Waseem, the FIR had been registered against 250 people, including JUI-F provincial secretary general Allama Rashid Mehmood Soomro and some other leaders and workers, but said that no arrest had been made so far.

Sources claim that Police invoked sections 147 (punishment for riots), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 427 (mischief).

Read more: Maulana Caused Rs527.60 Million Loss to Pakistan’s Treasury

PPP shocks JUI-F

JUI-F was not expecting any legal action at least by the Sindh government since the PPP had announced to morally support Maulana and his cause. PPP’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari initially decided not to become a part of any anti-government movement using religion but, later on, he was seen standing by Maulana who repeatedly accused Prime Minister Imran Khan for being an agent of the Jewish lobby. PPP chairman remained silent.


JUI-F leader Qari Usman told the media that the PPP was ruling Sindh, which was their ‘ally’ in the protest against the federal government. He said that it was ‘incomprehensible’ why the case had been registered against their party leaders and workers.

However, Mr. Usman vowed to continue the protest as such tactics would not deter them from holding their sit-in. Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani has already stated that the provincial government would not allow road blockades.

Maulana sees early elections in 2019

As JUI-F activists blocked some key roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi of the PML-Q met Maulana Fazl at the residence of the JUI-F’s Senator Talha Mehmood, but neither side divulged the agenda of the meeting.

However, the Maulana reiterated his demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that he was seeing snap elections in the current year. “2020 is far away. I see elections in 2019,” the JUI-F chief told the media after the meeting.

Read more: Chaos, Dead Bodies & Locking Down Country: What Is Maulana Playing At?

There is only one month left and there are no signs of political reshuffling in the county. Analysts believe that Maulana has pushed himself into a blind alley. “He does not know what to do now? He is nowhere. He became politically relevant but now he is becoming politically dead,” said G-M Pitafi who teachers Politics and International in Lahore.