Talks useless without PM’s resignation, says Fazl


–Fazl welcomes ISPR DG’s statement, says ‘consider JUI-F workers your own people and they will always stand with you’


ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday reiterated the demand of the prime minister’s resignation, saying the government shouldn’t bother with dialogue if Imran Khan’s resignation was off the table.

The talks between the government and opposition are in progress for a week now and but there have been no tangible results, as both sides have stuck to their demands.

Addressing the participants of the Azadi March, the JUI-F chief said the prime minister has no option now as he has hit a dead end.

“You are at a dead end now and now you must decide whether you want to continue to remain there or come out and give back the people their right,” said the JUI-F chief.

He also brought up the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) foreign fund case during his address.

He said the PTI was using “delaying tactics” in the foreign funding case pending with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

“Why is your foreign funding case still pending in the ECP for the past 5 years? Your own senior leadership has gone to the commission and has said funding came from India, Europe, and many other places. You submitted 60 petitions in the court to delay the case. Every petition by the government has been rejected. Why has the election commission not been able to decide the matter?” he questioned.

The JUI-F chief also welcomed the statement made by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Major General Asif Ghafoor. Gen Ghafoor had said that the Pakistan Army was an “impartial institution and it wanted to remain so”.

“I want to say this to the state institutions that consider the JUI-F workers your own people and they will always be with you,” he said, hinting at supporting the Pakistan Army.

He said the ‘Azadi March’ had removed some of the misconceptions the society had about the religious segment.

“Our workers have displayed discipline and respected the rule of law throughout the rally – something acknowledged by the western media s well,” the JUI-F leader told the demonstrators.

Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai while addressing the anti-government protest participants vowed that any “attack on the Constitution” will not be allowed.

“What binds us together is the Constitution and when you tamper with it, you attack the very foundations of Pakistan. We will not allow such an attack by any general, colonel, judge, mullah or pir.”