Govt forms committee to hold talks with JUI-F over Azadi March
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The government has formed a committee to hold talks with the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) for stopping the Azadi March.
The decision was made during a meeting of the PTI’s Core Committee on Wednesday.
The committee headed by Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak will hold talks with Maulana Fazalur Rahman. Federal ministers, chief ministers and governors participated in the meeting.
The committee will convince the JUI-F not to stage the sit-in and convey its demands to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government will listen to the justified demands of the opposition. “The country cannot afford any sit-in,” he said.
He said that currently the country was facing several threats.
On the other hand, the JUI had decided not to negotiate with the ruling party at any level. The core committee of JUI-F under the chair of Maulana Fazlur Rehman approved important decisions.
The meeting between Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif will be held on October 18. During the meeting, the final decisions regarding Azadi March will be settled and the JUI-F will remove the reservations of the PML-N.
PM hints at option for talks with JUI-F chief over Azadi march
Earlier, referring to Azadi March of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the doors will not be closed if anyone wants to hold talks.
According to the sources, a key meeting of government spokespersons chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan was held. During the meeting, they discussed the JUI-F’s ‘Azadi March’.
“There is no need for the formation of a committee on the protest yet but the option of talks with Maulana Fazlur Rehman is open,” PM Khan said during the meeting quoted by sources. He further said that if anyone wants to talk himself, the doors are not closed but will not allow anyone to take law into their hand.
The prime minister also clarified that the doors will not be closed if anyone wants to hold talks. “All important issues, including madrassa reforms, are welcomed to be discussed”, he added.