Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman agreed on Wednesday to ponder on delaying the Azadi march, upon the recommendation of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The PML-N leaders met with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman in the federal capital and
after meeting Fazl, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said that his party needs time for preparations. He further said that Fazl will put forth the reservations of the PML-N in front of the council to discuss.
The PML-N leader said that a joint decision will be taken after consulting all the parties. The party had already promised to support the Azadi March earlier, noting that in order to have the party workers come out in full force, it was necessary for the Azadi March to be deferred to November.
Earlier, a PML-N delegation met JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday with a view to present the party’s position on his call to march against the government scheduled to take place this month. The PML-N put forward its proposals after a discussion between members of its central executive committee.
The foremost proposal is to postpone the march so as to “better mobilise resources” to participate in the protest, said Ahsan Iqbal, who addressed a joint press conference with Rehman following the meeting
The PML-N delegation, which included Ahsan Iqbal, Shah Mohammad Shah, Ameer Muqam, Abdul Qadir Baloch and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, also apprised the JUI-F chief and his accompanying delegation of the party’s meeting with PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other PPP members.
The JUI-F chief said that a meeting of the party’s central executive committee will take place today, after which the response to the PML-N’s proposals will be shared.
In the post-meeting press conference, Iqbal said that “the entire opposition including PML-N, PPP, and MMA, are all in agreement that the current government has failed in one year”.
“It is a worrying fact that eight businessmen are going to the Army Chief to tell him that businesses are about to go bankrupt. If the traders are going to the Army Chief to air their grievances then where are we going?” remarked Iqbal.