Fawad fears ‘Taliban-style’ govt if anti-govt march succeeds


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday warned of a ‘Taliban-style government’ if JUI-F’s Azadi March succeeded in “toppling” the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

“A group of otherwise liberals is blinded by Imran Khan hate and supporting extremists march on Islamabad, any success to such marchers ll mean [the] end of Pak as democratic regime and a formation of Taliban style Govt! Beware[.],” he wrote on his Twitter.

A day earlier, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) began its Azadi march — an anti-government movement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan — from Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area.

A massive show of power was ensured by all opposition parties supporting the march, including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Awami National Party (ANP). The marchers are scheduled to enter Islamabad on Oct 31.

After an earlier deadlock, the government and opposition inked a deal on Saturday night whereby the terms and conditions of the March were chalked out.

The foremost development was the agreement of a venue. According to the agreement, now the protest will be held in Islamabad’s H-9 area.