Maulana Fazl met Gen Bajwa, according to a report

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ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met a few days ago, according to a TV anchor.

In a private television channel show, the anchor revealed that the JUI-F chief and General Bajwa had met a few days ago to discuss the Azadi March. The anchor revealed that the army chief said that he stood by the constitution and democracy.

The army chief reportedly told Fazl that now was not the time for such a protest as the country was already in a critical situation. The situation with Kashmir and the Afghanistan reconciliation process along with the recent Saudi Arabia-Iran crisis required the full focus of the government.

In the meeting, the army chief reportedly also told the maulana that the armed forces would not tolerate destabilisation at the moment. General Bajwa also, according to the co-host, rejected the ‘minus Imran’ formula and said that he was a constitutionally elected prime minister.

The anchor claimed that the army chief told the maulana that if he decided to go ahead with the protest, then some ‘more minuses’ could take place. For the sake of stability, if some causalities take place and the Constitution provides it, such action will be taken without hesitation.

The anchor claimed that Fazl then made a phone call to someone else to say that the JUI-F wouldn’t hold a sit-in protest or a public gathering but he should be given permission to hold the march. However, Fazl was harshly told not to go ahead with the march as well.