PM Imran directs CDA chief to assess Azadi marchers’ needs


–JUI-F tells PM to keep his relief offer in his ‘pocket’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed to visit the Azadi March site and check what sort of relief can be provided to the protesters.

In a tweet, PM Imran said, “I have directed the CDA Chairman to immediately visit the dharna site to assess what relief and assistance can be provided to the dharna participants”. He stated that the relief would be provided in view of the onset of rain and changing weather conditions.

However, the offer was flatly rejected by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

JUI-F secretary general Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the PM should keep his offer to provide relief to the participants of the Azadi March in the face of adverse weather conditions “in his pocket”.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of JUI-F’s central executive committee, Haideri said they were making their own arrangements to deal with the rain.

A day earlier, protesters refused to let rain or the biting cold dampen their resolve. A picture of a few marchers preparing to sleep in the biting cold and rain went viral on social media.

In those pictures, protesters can be seen sleeping on mattresses laid on the ground, with blankets and plastic coverings draped over them to keep away the cold.