JUI-F mulls ‘Plan B’ as Azadi March enters third week


ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) central leadership met on Monday to discuss ‘Plan B’ for the Azadi March as the anti-government drive enters third week.

A meeting of the provincial and district leadership of the party met at the residence of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to discuss the recommendations put forward by other opposition parties.

As the anti-government march entered third week today, the JUI-F chief vowed to continue the fight against the incumbent “incompetent” government.

Fazl said that even as he speaks, the opposition parties are holding discussions for the next course of action. “We will move forward after deliberations between leaders,” he said.

He has also decried the promises made by the government to the erstwhile Fata region.

The JUI-F chief said, “Even if it is acknowledged that in Punjab and Balochistan, it was the PML-N’s government at the time, and in Sindh in was the PPP’s government, and even if it is argued that these provinces did not agree to give their share to Fata in the past, today, the PTI has a government in three provinces.”

“Why are they then not willing to give their share?” he asked, demanding an explanation from the government.

Earlier, Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai also met the JUI-F chief to discuss the future course of action on Azadi March.

Meanwhile, members of Ansarul Islam, the volunteer group of the JUI-F, took positions at the place of Azadi march in Islamabad. Instructions were given to Ansarul Islam to take out a rally from the sit-in site.


Thousands of protesters have converged on Pakistan’s federal capital, under the banner of ‘Azadi March’, seeking to de-seat Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The caravan, which set off from Sindh on October 27, reached Islamabad on October 31.

During the sit-in, opposition leaders delivered fiery speeches against the ruling PTI government. On November 1, Fazl gave the prime minister a 48-hour ultimatum to resign. However, the so-called deadline was later extended. It has been extended multiple times now.

Till now, despite several meetings, negotiations between the protesters and the government have failed to reach any result.