Our vote, lives, liveli­hood, be­lief aren’t safe: Fazl

Daily Messenger - - National -

CHITRAL: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on Thurs­day vowed to con­tinue the move­ment against what he de­scribed as the in­com­pe­tent rulers and said their elders did not teach them slav­ery.

The in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment is in­com­pe­tent and se­lected, said Fazl who has been advocating an ag­gres­sive ap­proach against the PTI as he didn’t ac­cept 2018 elec­tion re­sults and had urged the main op­po­si­tion par­ties not to the join the as­sem­blies.

The JUI-F chief said he had been stat­ing openly that the last gen­eral elec­tions were rigged. “Enough is enough. There is no room [for fur­ther le­niency to­wards the gov­ern­ment],” Fazl told his charged fol­low­ers at a rally in Chitral.

He said, “Nei­ther our lives are safe nor our be­lief is se­cured. Our vote, our liveli­hood, noth­ing is safe.”

Fazl de­liv­ered this speech as Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan man­aged to get mul­ti­ple bills re­lated to FATF (Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force) passed through the Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day as the JUI-F have been crit­i­cal of the PML-N and the PPP for sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment.

This was made pos­si­ble only by the fact that sev­eral op­po­si­tion mem­bers skipped the ses­sion as the anti-gov­ern­ment par­ties en­joyed nu­mer­i­cal strength in the Par­lia­ment joint ses­sion.

In this sce­nario, PMLN se­nior leader Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thurs­day de­manded strict ac­tion against those op­po­si­tion par­ties’ mem­bers who skipped vot­ing at the Par­lia­ment joint sit­ting which en­abled the gov­ern­ment to get ap­prove mul­ti­ple bills.

All the op­po­si­tion par­ties, in­clud­ing the PML-N, would have to take se­ri­ous no­tice of the miss­ing Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate mem­bers at the time of vot­ing, Saad said.

Be­fore the Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion, JUIF leader Se­na­tor Ab­dul Ghafoor Haideri had ex­pressed the hope that the two main op­po­si­tion par­ties – PML-N and PPP – would not act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the gov­ern­ment in get­ting the FATF-re­lated leg­is­la­tion sail through the Par­lia­ment.

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