The Jamiat-e-Ulema-Fazl (JUI-F) withdrew from talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government that were due to take place tonight. JUI-Fs Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjari were scheduled to meet to discuss the former’s planned protest march against the government.
A decision to hold talks with the government will now be made by the Rahbar Committee, while the meeting of the body would be held on October 22. JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, according to a news channel, decided to hand over the decision of negotiation with the government with Rahbar Committee after talks with opposition leaders.
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Speaking to Geo News, Haideri confirmed the withdrawal from talks between the JUI-F and the government. “We have informed Sadiq Sanjrani about the cancellation of the meeting,” Haideri said. “We are hopeful Sadiq Sanjrai will soon contact the Rahbar Committee.’
On Saturday, Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak Saturday expressed his optimism that the government’s reconciliation committee would have meaningful negotiations with Jamait Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The defence minister said the government had already constituted a reconciliation committee comprising senior politicians from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and allied parties to hold negotiations with the JUI-F for peaceful resolution of their demands.
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JUI-F chief Rehman had announced in June that his party had decided to hold an anti-government long march to Islamabad in the month of October in a bid to topple the government, which he sad had come to power through “fake” elections.
The Maulana had first set October 27 as the date for the long march, but later deferred it till October 31, saying they would instead organise rallies on October 27 to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, who would be observing a black day all over the world against Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir on that day.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday had constituted a seven-member team under Defence Minister Pervez Khattak to engage the JUI-F and other opposition parties ahead of their planned march. The JUI-F chief on Saturday had given a go-ahead to his party’s secretary general and Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri to meet the Senate chairman, who, as a member of the government negotiating team, had contacted him over telephone and sought a meeting.
On Sunday, after the PPP objected to the negotiations, Rehman had stopped his party’s delegation from meeting Sanjrani, saying a decision on talks with the government would now be made by the opposition’s collective Rehbar Committee.
On Monday, after a meeting of the Rehbar Committee, JUI-F leader Akram Durrani told the media that the option of negotiations with the government is subject to the party being permitted to take out a peaceful ‘Azadi March’ on October 27.