Azadi March: Maulana Fazl sets two-day deadline for PM Imran to resign

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Shafaqna Pakistan:Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while leading the joint opposition’s Azadi March, has set a two-day deadline for Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign.

Opposition leaders are staging a show of power in the federal capital as their anti-government movement enters a decisive phase on Friday.

Along with Fazl, leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and Awami National Party (ANP) are addressing the marchers encamped at the designated venue in Sector H-9.

I give this government two days to resign… we want state institutions to be impartial and withdraw their support to this illegitimate government,” said the JUI-F while addressing the rally.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has no right to rule the country as it came into power through ‘systematic rigging’ in the 2018 general elections.

“We reject the results of rigged elections. This prime minister should resign,” he said.

Strongly criticising the government’s policies, the JUI-F chief said the economy has been destroyed due to their incompetence.

“People are committing suicide and have been forced to sell their children … we won’t let them to further destroy the country.

“They promised five million houses and 10 million jobs, but only the State Bank governor and FBR chairman came to Pakistan for job and they were sent by IMF.

“We refuse to accept the western economic system. We want Islamic economic system.”

Commenting on the Kashmir issue, he said the PTI government has caused severe damages to the Kashmir cause. “We will fight for the rights of Kashmiris,” he vowed.

“On one hand our relations with India are strained due to Kashmir conflict and on the other we are opening Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims.”

In his address, Shehbaz said the Azadi March was the first step in the opposition’s movement to dislodge the federal government led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

He criticised the government for its anti-poor policies and attitude and questioned the government’s decision-making process of Imran Khan’s.

The PML-N president denounced PM Imran as a “brainless” leader and said the premier’s decisions were more dependent on “sorcery” and “supernatural guidance”.

“If God gives us the opportunity, we will put up a united front and work on fixing Pakistan’s economy. Imran Khan has a lot of support from all institutions – if we had only 10% of this support, we would have taken Pakistan on a Sputnik-like flight,” said Shehbaz.

“This protest will sweep away Imran Khan and his government.”

Responding to PM Imran’s criticism, the PML-N president reminded the premier that it was the PTI that set a precedent for such protests.

“If Imran Niazi remains in power any longer, Pakistan’s situation will only further deteriorate. This sea of humans has made it clear that now is the time for change. We will rebuild Pakistan once again under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and our economy will be on its feet again within six months,” said Shehbaz.

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