No talks unless Opp allowed to take out Azadi March on Oct 27, says JUI-F leader


–Akram Durrani says government isn’t serious about holding talks with opposition

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Akram Durrani on Monday said that the opposition will not hold any dialogue with the government unless they are allowed to take out their peaceful Azadi March on October 27.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting of opposition’s Rahbar Committee, the JUI-F leader said that it was decided in the meeting that the option of talks with the government would remain open only if the latter allows them to take out a peaceful Azadi March on October 27.

Although he reiterated the opposition’s demand of the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said that the joint opposition was still open for a meeting with the committee constituted by the government for holding talks with the opposition.

He also said that the statements of the premier and his minister imply that the government is not serious about holding dialogue with the opposition.

The JUI-F leader denied reports that the opposition would step back from its decision of holding the march on October 27. “There would be no compromise on the march and it will be taken out as per schedule on October 27. Our march will remain peaceful,” he added.

He further said that the opposition will stick to the conditions agreed upon in the All Parties Conference and no dialogue would take place in the absence of even a single member of the Rahbar Committee, therefore, the government should not approach the opposition parties separately.

The meeting of the Rahbar Committee was attended by the representatives of nine opposition parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Awami National Party (ANP).

It is pertinent to mention here that the opposition’s decision follows federal cabinet’s approval to a summary seeking ban on the “militant wing” of the JUI-F.