Govt again fails to convince Fazl


ISLAMABAD – The government made yet another attempt to convince Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to revisit his party’s decision of quitting the PPP-led government in the Centre, as Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Senator Raza Rabbani and a group of FATA parliamentarians called on the JUI-F chief on Wednesday.
The meeting, however, failed to achieve the desired results. A JUI-F source confirmed that the meetings, which were held separately at Fazl’s residence, were part of the government’s efforts to make Fazl rejoin the government. A JUI-F source said Fazl told the delegates that his party’s CEC had already endorsed the decision of quitting the government and he was not in a position to take a decision on the issue in his personal capacity.
The source said the interior minister conveyed a special message by President Zardari to Fazl and assured him of removing the party’s grievances at the earliest. However, Fazl stuck to his stance.
Later, a group of FATA parliamentarians headed by Muneer Orakzai and Senator Raza Rabbani separately called on the JUI-F chief and tried to convince him, but they also failed to win Fazl’s sympathies.