‘Don’t worry,’ PM tells comrades as Fazl digs in heels


–Imran says govt will bring hoarders to the book

ISLAMABAD: As the Azadi marchers led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) remain persistent over the resignation of the prime minister, PM Imran Khan summoned a parliamentary meeting on Thursday, wherein he told the party lawmakers not to worry of the dharna.

“The issue [dharna] will be solved through reconciliation,” Prime Minister Imran was quoted as saying in media.

Thousands of protesters have converged on the federal capital under the banner of the Azadi March, seeking to send packing Prime Minister Imran Khan packing. The demands include immediate resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, re-elections in the country, no role of the army in the electoral process, and supremacy of the constitution.

So far, the two rounds of talks between the government and opposition parties have failed. Though, talks are in progress, with Punjab Assembly Speaker and Punjab Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leader Pervez Elahi representing the government.

As inflation continues to rise, the prime minister urged PTI parliamentarians to support him against rising prices in the country and vowed that the hoarders would be brought to the book.

“We will bring hoarders to the book,” he said. “Pakistan is going through artificial inflation because of these hoarders,” he added.

The prime minister issued directives for all PTI lawmakers to remain in parliament.He said that all parliamentarians should play their role in ensuring that the Pakistan Medical Authority bill passes.

The prime minister said that people had started treating the medical profession as their business. He said that people were running their own medical colleges and were also members of the medical board. “These people are playing with human lives,” he reportedly said. “They should be dealt with strictly.”

The PM lashed out at the Sindh government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), saying that the situation in Karachi was taking a turn for the “worse” day by day. “The Sindh government has completely failed,” the prime minister was quoted as saying. “I will pay a visit to Karachi soon.”