Stop threatening opposition, Fazlur Rehman tells govt

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the hardline Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) gestures during a press conference in Islamabad, 30 July 2007, after the party meeting. Rehman criticized Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's pre-election power-sharing deal with self-exiled prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf may hang up his army uniform to pave the way for a pact with former Bhutto after the pair met in Abu Dhabi, a minister said. AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Thursday asked the ruling party to stop threatening the opposition, terming PM Imran Khan’s mandate as “fake”.

According to media reports, he said the government who got a stolen mandate should not make threats to the opposition, he said.

“Who has asked for NRO?” Fazl inquired in reply to PM Khan’s Wednesday statement that his government will not any NRO to the politicians in graft cases.

He said those talking about accountability had themselves dissolves the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission.

Commenting on the efforts to unite the opposition against the government, Fazl said that 75% of the work has been done and the opposition would unite to play a role in the parliament.

He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has asked for three days before an all parties conference.

Fazl mocked the premier by saying that he’s “aware of PM Khan’s family who give up too easily.”

Fazl and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari have met more than once in the past few days in an effort to unite the opposition and call an APC.

Zardari said Monday he was up for uniting the opposition parties against the government, saying the country does not seem to be running this way.

The JUI-F chief on the occasion said that they will contact opposition to formulate a joint strategy and an all-parties conference would be summoned next week.