Govt to allow JUI-F to hold 'Azadi March', urges opposition to remain peaceful

Govt to allow JUI-F to hold 'Azadi March', urges opposition to remain peaceful

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Wednesday decided to allow Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to hold 'Azadi March'.

According to details, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting of the committee that the government had set up to persuade the JUI-F to cancel its Azadi March. The committee presented its recommendations to the premier.

“It was decided that the Government, with its firm belief in upholding democratic ideals, would allow the proposed Azadi March, if it takes place within the ambit of law and the Constitution as interpreted in the decisions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Islamabad High Court,” said a statement released by the PM Office.

The seven-member government committee comprising Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Elahi, Sadiq Sanjrani, Shafqat Mehmood and Noorul Haq Qadri was set up after Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced to a mount a march on Islamabad on October 31.

In June, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had announced that his party had decided to hold an anti-govt long march to Islamabad in the month of October in a bid to oust PTI’s government, which he sad had come to power through "fake" elections.

The JUI-F chief had first set October 27 as the date for the long march, but later deferred it till October 31, saying they would instead organise rallies on October 27 to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, who would be observing a black day all over the world against Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir on that day.

The opposition including two main parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), also have shown their support to the JUI-F’s ‘Azadi March’.