JUI-F striving for ‘in-house’ change


ISLAMABAD – In a bid to give a tough time to its former coalition partner, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is poised to evolve a strategy for an “in-house change” in its forthcoming executive council’s meeting scheduled for December 22 in Islamabad.
“The in-house change remains the party’s top priority. However, in case the attempt ends in desperation, it would lead to formation of a new alliance, consisting of the JUI-F, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), to give a tough time to the government at the Centre,” JUI-F spokesman Amjad Khan told Pakistan Today.
Asked if the JUI-F wanted the removal of Gilani or replacement of the PPP-led government at the Centre, the JUI-F spokesman said the party meeting would discuss the strategy in detail, adding that the PML-Q and MQM would also be taken into confidence over the matter.
Khan said it had been decided that the JUI-F would not sit on treasury benches. “We are in contact with other parties and heading towards the formation of a new alliance consisting of three political parties,” Khan added. He said the country’s situation did not allow room for mid-term elections.