By Rehan Khan Ghauri
ISLAMABAD, Nov 02 (WNP): Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazl ur Rehman is dragging Pakistan towards anarchy due to his hidden agenda against the liberal and democratic government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Addressing his so called ‘Azadi March’ here at Sector H-9 on Friday, he, in a rebellion tone, threatened the government and Pakistan Army – government in direct and Pak Army in an indirect language – to give a seal of approval to his demands or vice versa to face the consequences.
He reiterated that if he did not meet his demands within two days, he would go for his next plan which is to move towards the Red Zone – a designated area where all important buildings such as; Parliament, Supreme Court, Prime Minister and President Houses and Diplomatic Enclave etcetera are located – to build further pressure on the incumbent government.
Fazl’s suspicious agenda has confusion even his allied opposition parties standing besides him on the container.
Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had declared in clear-cut words that they would not be part of any sit in for an indefinite period as it is an undemocratic move and it may harm flourishing democracy in Pakistan.
On the contrary, the two parties’ top leadership participated in the march and even made anti-government speeches but as a ‘Guest for a Day’.
The political pundits have ascertained two main reasons behind his Azadi March; first to maintain his social as well as political status quo and the second to demonstrate his power show.
But according to the treasury benches, he is working on the agenda of PML-N and PPP in a bid to halt the ongoing accountability process against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and president Asif Ali Zardari who, presently, are in lock up on corruption charges.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, on many a occasion, had spoke his mind that he would not give any NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) introduced by president general Prevez Musharraf on October 5, 2007, to patch up with aggrieved political parties especially PPP to whom he was in an accord to remain president if it came into power.
Addressing a gathering on 72 Independence Day of Gilgit Baltistan on the same day, he revised his pledge once again not to provide any escape route to national exchequer looters at any cost.
The prime minister termed JUI-F chief Fazl ur Rehman as an ‘Indian citizen’ due to the exclusive coverage of his Azadi March on its news channels.
He accused him for tarnishing the indigenous movement of right to self-determination of Kashmiris who are in world’s biggest open prison since last 90 days due to unprovoked curfew, imposed on the Indian held Valley.
Despite some restriction, media is playing a vibrant role with balanced reporting of the march as it did in the past sit-ins of PTI and PAT – Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
In the beginning, female reporters and anchors were not allowed to step in the march for coverage but later on, it was resolved when the issue came in the limelight of national and international media on the condition of covering their heads with scarves.
During the coverage of the march, when the protesters were interviewed why they were staging demonstration, they started beating about bush as they were alien to the agenda.
When a seminary student asked whether he came on his will or brought forcefully in the march, he replied he was brought forcefully because of slip of the tongue.
There are some amusing video clips, recorded by camera’s eye of the protesters swinging in the children’s park which was exposing their childhood deprivations and immaturity.
It was another embarrassing situation when JUI-F general secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter Ataul Haq Darwaish on Saturday mistakenly urged the charged protesters to chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ instead of ‘Go Imran Go’ at the end of his address.
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Afterwards, he retracted his words when intervened by other leaders present on the stage to correct him.
On the second consecutive day of the march, Fazl, addressing the protesters, said all opposition parties are intact under the umbrella of Rahabar Committee – a combined platform of all opposition parties to devise a combined strategy to make the march a success.
Talking to a private news channel, Barrister Aitazaz Ahsan – a veteran politician of PPP – severely criticized Fazl’a first day speech and raised the question over the role of Rahbar Committee meant to make joint decisions regarding the march.
پیپلزپارٹی کے رہنما اعتزاز احسن نے وزیراعظم کو گرفتار کرنے کے بیان پر سخت رد عمل دیتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ مولانافضل الرحمان کا وزیراعظم کو لشکر کے ذریعے گرفتار کرنے کا بیان غیر آئینی ہے، ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اداروں کو تنقید کا نشانہ بنانا درست نہیں#DunyaVideos #AzadiMarch pic.twitter.com/A2rp4GjIg5
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He said the whole nation is afraid of his two-day ultimatum to the government and added it is unconstitutional move to topple an elected government through such processions. “It seems he wants to create anarchy in the country,” he added.