Efforts to break the deadlock between the Opposition and the Imran Khan government remained inconclusive as the massive protest led by firebrand cleric-cum-politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman against Prime Minister Imran Khan entered its ninth day today (Nov 8).
Dubbed as ‘Azadi March’, the protestors demand Prime Minister Khan’s resignation, accusing him of “rigging” the 2018 general elections and also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the other hand, leaders of opposition and incumbent government are exchanging harsh words during the Azadi March discussion in National Assembly.
PTI Ready For Re-Elections In Ali Ameen’s Constituency: Shibli Faraz
Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz has said “we are ready” if Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants to contest elections from PTI leader Ali Ameen Gandapur’s constituency. Gandapur defeated the JUI-F chief last year from NA-38 Dera Ismail Khan.
“If Maulana wants, Ali Ameen will hand in his resignation. Maulana can try his luck and contest,” said Faraz while speaking to local TV channel. He added that the government wants to solve the crisis created by Rehman. “Maulana wants that the  election take place again. Holding elections again and again is no joke. He is insisting on holding the elections again like a stubborn child.”
Khattak Again Offers Dialogue to Opposition
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, during National Assembly session, has told opposition parties to “come to the table in order if they want to run the country”. Members of opposition, however, threatened that the JUI-F sit-in will continue.
“Keep sitting [in protest],” Khattak says to a rowdy opposition. “But do not harm the country.” Opposition parties are protesting in the assembly against government’s move of passing 11 ordinances on Thursday without holding a debate.
Govt’s Attitude Will ‘Ruin Democracy’, warns Khawaja Asif
PML-N leader Khawaja Asif has said that passing laws through ordinances was not a “good omen” and warned that if the government continued with the practice, it would “ruin democracy”.
Addressing Khattak’s remarks during the NA session regarding the ongoing sit-in led by the JUI-F, he said: “[Your party] sowed these seeds. You were the one who danced on top of a container.” PML-N leader Khawaja Asif has claimed that Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said the government’s negotiation committee “did not have the courage to tell [Prime Minister] Niazi sahib the actual demands” of JUI-F protesters.
“He [Elahi] said that he told” the premier about the demands of the ‘Azadi’ marchers, Asif said during today’s National Assembly sitting. In response to protest by members of the treasury benches, Asif said: “I don’t know what is true and what is false. This is what Pervez Elahi sahib has said. He said that committee members complain that Niazi sahib gets cross if they tell him the truth.”
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17 November, 2019