Long march call against govt receives cold response – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The long marching call of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) received a cold response from other parties when the proposal was addressed Monday during a meeting of the opposition Rehbar Committee.

Sources counted Sunrise that almost all parties expressed concern about the unilateral announcement of the head of JUI-F, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, that his party had decided to make a long "decisive" march to Islamabad in October to overthrow the government. However, the matter was then decided by his leadership at the next multi-party conference (MPC) whose date would be announced later.

In informing journalists about the decisions, the Rehbar Committee coordinator, Akram Khan Durrani, said that all parties had submitted their demand letters and these demands will also be finalized and prioritized in the next MPC.

Durrani also revealed that the MPC that was scheduled for August 29 had been postponed due to the poor state of health of the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and the president of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif and some other commitments of the president of the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

The Rehbar Committee expresses concern about the unilateral announcement of Fazl

Speaking at a press conference at the conclusion of the two-day Majlis-i-Shoora meeting on Sunday, the head of JUI-F, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, announced that her party had planned a long and decisive march towards Islamabad in October and A final date would be announced after consulting with other opposition parties.

Maulana Fazl had stated that the proposal of the long march would be discussed at the Rehbar Committee meeting on Monday and a proposal was also being considered to organize a meeting of the chiefs of all opposition parties.

“The leaders of almost every party told the members of the JUI-F that it was their Majlis-i-Shoora who had decided to start the long march, and that they were not in a position to commit to the issue without discussing it. within their respective parties, "said a senior opposition leader who was present at the meeting.

He said the opposition's demands included the establishment of a rule of law in the country, new elections, general responsibility after the renewal of the National Office of Responsibility (NAB), guarantee the supremacy of parliament and eliminate interference from other institutions. state in parliament. matter

He said the demands would be finalized and shortlisted in the MPC. In the same MPC, he said, opposition leaders will discuss the plan to pressure the government to comply with its demands and also finalize the strategy regarding the mode of agitation, in case the government has not seriously considered the demands.

The sources said opposition members also discussed the option of presenting a resolution of political trial under Article 47 of the Constitution against President Dr. Arif Alvi for unilaterally appointing members of the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (PCE) in violation of the Constitution.

Article 47 states: "Despite everything contained in the Constitution, the President may, in accordance with the provisions of this Article, be removed from office for physical or mental disability or accused of violating the Constitution or a serious offense. "

During his press conference, Akram Durrani also said that the "unconstitutional appointment" of PCE members provided a legal and constitutional justification to dismiss the president. He said that even the chief election commissioner did not administer an oath to the newly appointed members of the PCE, calling his appointment illegal.

"Has the president not violated the Constitution?" He asked.

A high-ranking member of the PPP told Dawn that opposition parties were considering presenting their protest on the issue during President Alvi's speech at the joint parliament session on August 30.

Meanwhile, Mr. Durrani, commenting on the speech to the nation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, said it was a "disappointing speech" from a person who was not receiving support on the issue of Kashmir from the international community or from within the country.

He alleged that the government had sold Kashmir and that the problem had been resolved during the prime minister's visit to the United States. He said the prime minister had admitted in his speech that he was not receiving support from anywhere on the issue of Kashmir.

Durrani expressed hope that Khan's speech would show that he could submit his resignation soon. He said that, under the current circumstances, it would be detrimental for the country to allow the "selected government" to continue.

At a large opposition meeting organized by the PPP president in Islamabad in May, it was reported that Maulana Fazl was in favor of launching a full-blown anti-government movement shortly after Eidul Fitr, saying "they are already too late."

The sources said that the JUI-F chief had suggested holding a sit-in in D-Chowk in Islamabad as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) did in 2014, but other opposition parties did not support the idea. The PPP was of the opinion that, since they had taken a position of principle that indefinite sitting was an undemocratic act of the PTI, it would be difficult to support such a plan. In addition, sources told Dawn that the PPP and PML-N believed that it would be difficult for them to organize workers and people for an indefinite sitting and that the entire movement could be assumed by religious groups and parties that could use the seminar. students through the exploitation of religious feelings.

Published on Dawn, August 27, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1501921/long-march-call-against-govt-receives-cold-response


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