LAHORE: Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), convened on Sunday the president of PML-N and the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and discussed the modalities of the long Proposed march against the government.
Both leaders, along with their assistants, also discussed the country's political and economic situation at the meeting that lasted more than an hour.
Maulana Fazl was accompanied by Maulana Amjad Khan, while Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Tanveer and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq attended the president of the PML-N. The two sides avoided the media after the session.
However, a source of information from JUI-F said Dawn that the PML-N leaders did not give their word on joining the proposed long march and sought time, saying that a decision on the issue would be taken at a meeting of the party's central working committee (CWC) in the coming days.
He said they were told that CWC's opinion would then go to the imprisoned PML-N supreme leader, Nawaz Sharif, for approval.
The religious cause is part of the agenda set for the event, says the head of JUI-F
He said the two sides agreed to convene a multi-party conference next month to bring together other opposition parties regarding the long march and to design a joint strategy for the anti-government protest movement.
However, a high-ranking PML-N leader said that visitors (the JUI-F delegation) showed interest in attending the PML-N CWC meeting to inform their members about the protest plan and opinions from other opposition parties on the political scene. but his request was politely rejected "because we want to make our own decision without any external influence."
He said Shahbaz Sharif would hold a meeting of his confidants at the party on Monday (today) before calling the CWC session.
Earlier in the day, Maulana Fazl said while talking to the media that a date for the "Azadi March" would be decided in a couple of days.
Dispelling the impression that the JUI-F could not organize the long march, he said that they had successfully organized 15 million marches and that they had the ability to organize another long march.
He said they had no plans to confront any state institution and, as in the past, his long march would be peaceful.
The head of the JUI-F who responded to a consultation said that the religious cause and the defense of the Islamic provisions of the Constitution were an integral part of the agenda established for the march.
He accused the government of "selling" Kashmir and said that "the government in office was" illegal and incapable. "Overthrowing this government would be of interest to the country, he added.
Maulana Fazl said a joint strategy on the march would be announced after consulting opposition parties.
Responding to a question, he said that they would not offer NRO (agreement) to the government that, he said, had given unemployment and bad law and order to the masses.
Posted on Dawn, September 23, 2019