Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) intends to become part of anti-government movement expected to be led by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). Reliable sources told GVS that the talks are underway and the former ruling party is waiting for a few things. If Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government allows Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, to leave for London, the PML-N is unlikely to join the JUI-F’s upcoming march, GVS learnt.
The PML-N has requested the JUI-F not to begin its anti-government movement till the return of Shehbaz Sharif to Pakistan. The request was reportedly made during a meeting between PML-N leader and former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at the residence of Fazl’s son Asad Mehmood, who is the parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal in the National Assembly.
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However, the JUI-F chief said he could not trust the PML-N leader anymore and was prepared to launch the movement on his own, they added.
Maulana recently announced that he will launch a campaign against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government by holding public gatherings in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad in the coming days. He made the announcement after holding a consultative meeting with allied parties in Lahore.
He further said the JUI-F and its allied parties will hold a public gathering on February 23 in Karachi, in Islamabad on March 1 and March 19 in Lahore.
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Talking about other opposition parties, the JUI-F chief said, “No doubt, the opposition has become divided due to some policies of big parties and the government has taken advantage of it.”
He added that the JUI-F was focused on how all the parties will join each other on a mutual platform to deliver a message of unity to masses.
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Criticizing the PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and PML-Q, he said that the situation had changed after the passage of bills pertaining to the extension of the services chiefs.
During the last year dharna led by JUI-F, both PML-N and PPP did not stand by Maulana. “We came only for one day,” said PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal while talking to media. Similarly, PPP secretary general Farhatullah Khan Babar said his party leadership had made it clear during the multi-party conferences (MPCs) and the meetings of the Rehbar Committee that his party would not take part in an “indefinite dharna (sit-in).” it disappointed the JUI-F’s chief who seemed desperate to get the government toppled at any cost.
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There were some media reports suggesting an in-house change; PM Imran was said to be replaced with someone from PML-N or PPP. However, these reports were categorically rejected by the sources close to the premier. Some reporters also claimed that the PTI was to be given Punjab only. But political commentators ask “if PTI is not allowed to remain in Punjab then why will PM Imran remain where he is? So, the basic question is; why will the establishment want PTI to be replaced with PML-N? There must be some reason behind this unexpected political change”.
It was learnt that “there is only one threat which the government is facing and persistently failing to counter. Angry allies and PTI’s own lawmakers are questioning the government’s performance”.
PML-N’s request to delay the upcoming march of the JUI-F is another reminder that the government is there to stay. Rumors must not make headlines again.