March on Islamabad bid to pressure SC: Fazl


March on Islamabad bid to pressure SC: Fazl PESHAWAR: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has prescribed an easy solution to the federal government to foil the PTPs Nov 2 Islamabad lock down plan. Block the supply of hashish for two days and they will disperse automatically, he told charged party workers during a convention here in Bagh-i-Naran on Wednesday.

The JUI-F chief said the people, who had planned protest in Islamabad, had never experienced hard times. Without naming names, he said, they are drug addicts and will soon vacate the venue of the sit-in after the stoppage of hashish consignment.

Mr. Fazl termed the PTPs accountability march an attempt to pressurize the Supreme Court to give verdict in its favour on identical petitions seeking disqualification of the prime minister over the Panama Papers.

He said some forces were trying to destabilise democratic system and judiciary in the name of accountability and eradication of corruption. The JUI-F chief said there was no justification for protest after the filing of petitions in the Supreme Court, especially after date was fixed for hearing into them.

This is the most corrupt government in the history of KP, he said, adding that top institutions had been destroyed in the province.

Mr. Fazl said the KP Ehtesab Commission director general was forced to resign after he started inquiries against the chief minister and his ministers over corruption.

They (PTI and its allies) are trying to exert pressure on the judiciary to get verdict of their choice in Panama Papers case. There is no moral justification for Islamabad lock down, he said.

The JUI-F leader said nobody could dare destabilise democracy and judiciary in the country. He said the PTI had employed double standard in politics as on one hand, it demanded judicial inquiry into Panama Papers case and on the other, its government in the province had refused to ask the Peshawar High Court to conduct inquiry into the Bank of Khyber scam.

Mr. Fazl said the KP government had authorised a minister to conduct inquiry into the BOK scandal though that minister was expelled from the cabinet on the charge of corruption.

He added that the same minister`s party was again made the PTPs coalition partner. I have respect for Qaumi Watan Party and its leadership but this is a fact that Sikandar Sherpao was expelled from the government on corruption charge,he said.

The JUI-F chief said the KP government had virtually bankrupted and asked foreign donors to provide $700 million loan with markup. He said on one hand, the coalition government was propagating in favour of Islamic banking system in the province, while on the other, it was obtaining loan at high markup.

Mr. Fazl said the PTPs agitation plan was aimed at sabotaging China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and power generation projects to stop economic growth in the country. He said tensions had escalated on the country`s eastern border, while the PTI had planned Islamabad lock down.

The nation needs unity atthiscritical moment, he said. Condemning terrorist attack on the police training college in Quetta, the JUI-F chief said the acts of terrorism had been occurring in the country since the times Pakistan joined the US-led war on terrorism. He said Pakistan had suffered due to the war on terrorism, while policymakers still believed that the shift in policy after 9/11 was in the country`s interest.


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