Updates: Azadi March flags the need for PM Khan’s resignation
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, party supporters, and prominent leaders including PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto, PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif are sloganeering for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation.
The caravan, which embarked from the Sindh province, making way from Lahore to Islamabad, was able to attract participants in thousands.
‘”Go, Niazi, go!”, Maulana Fazlur Rehman chanted. “Go, selected, go!”, he went on.
The JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman gave Prime Minister Imran two days to resign and go home. He warned that the people of Pakistan are capable of putting the prime minister behind the bars if he refused to leave.
“We will not allow them to further play with the emotions of the people,” said the JUI-F chief.
He warned that it will be upon the voters to decide the next move for the Azadi March if the Imran Khan-led government refuses to step down.
He said the PTI government promised to provide 10 million employments opportunities and millions of houses but it has only wronged the people by even demolishing the 5 million houses that provided shelter to people.
“Only two people have sought employment in Pakistan from abroad — the FBR chairman and the State Bank governor,” he said.
He stressed that the PTI government has been given enough time to perform but that his party could not give “any more time” to the government.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said those criticising him for using the religion card are no one to stop him in his motives as the Constitution is always talking about religion.
He added that the PTI government has no authority to stop him from demanding the implementation of Islamic constitutional provisions.
Bilawal joins Azadi March rally
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto also joined the highly anticipated anti-government rally under the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) which arrived from Lahore to Islamabad earlier today.
While addressing the gathering at the rally venue in the federal capital, Bilawal alleged that the country’s economy is longer free and the government’s budget is rather a “PTI-IMF budget”.
Bilawal raised his concern over the country’s economy, stating that the PTI government has left the ball in the IMF’s court to make decisions like who will be the country’s finance minister, the heads of the State Bank and the FBR.
Bilawal added that the PTI government is compromising the common man’s life to appease the “selected” leaders brought into power.
He also questioned the censoring of political leaders Asif Ali Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Nawaz Sharif where interviews of RAW agent Kulbhusan Jadhav, an Indian air force pilot and terrorists can be run on the TV.
Bilawal lamented that transparent elections could be held in Pakistan even after seven decades.
Tabdeeli will come now: Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif said the country could not see tabdeeli in Imran Khan’s rule but the country will soon witness tabdeeli now.
“Imran Khan Niazi you started container politics, today, here container politics will be buried here.”
He asked the nation to compare the so-called Naya Pakistan with the one under Nawaz’s rule where medicines were free.
Shehbaz said they aim to put up a united front and fix Pakistan’s economy, adding that if they had 10% of the support Imran Khan gets from the institutions, they would be able to take Pakistan on a Sputnik-like flight.
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said the ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif wants to see the opposition’s Azadi March succeed.