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Bajwa Warns Maulana Over Azadi March

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Qamar Javed Bajwa. (Photo: Twitter/@iamCOAS)

Pak army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and warned against Azadi march on October 27…. reports Asian Lite News

Qamar Javed Bajwa. (Photo: Twitter/@iamCOAS) by .
Qamar Javed Bajwa. (Photo: Twitter/@iamCOAS)

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and reportedly warned him not to go for the Azadi march to Islamabad on October 31, Pakistani media reported on Thursday.

According to Geo TV, the army chief held a meeting with Rehman in which he categorically told the JUI-F chief that he stood by the constitution and democracy.

“We have been doing what the constitution asks for,” the army chief reportedly said, according to Geo TV.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said India is behindthe Azadi March.

The TV channel claimed that General Bajwa reminded Rehman that he was a responsible political leader and must be aware of the current situation.

“The situation on the border with India is volatile due to the Kashmir crisis and Afghanistan’s situation is also a source of trouble,” Gen Bajwa was quoted as saying to the Geo TV anchor.

Bajwa is reported to have also referred to the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict and told the JUI-F chief that it was not an appropriate time for staging the protest since the economy had been brought on the right track.

Bajwa made it clear that the army wouldn’t permit destabilisation at this moment. “Imran Khan is a constitutional Prime Minister and neither I nor you can minus him,” Bajwa was quoted by the TV channel.

The JUI-F chief has threatened to block the Pakistan capital with his protest against the “illegitimate” government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). His Azadi March, which is expected to have hundreds of thousands of participants, mainly religious hardliners from the JUI-F, is expected to enter Islamabad on October 31.

India’s Role

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the rally

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that the Army stands behind him and he won’t give in to the opposition’s demand for his resignation, Pakistani media reports said.

He went on to say that India is behind the ‘Azadi March’ called by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The Imran Khan-led government allowed the proposed Azadi March on the condition that it takes place within the ambit of the Constitution and it is a peaceful protest.

While talking to senior journalists, Imran Khan said, “Pakistan Army stands behind me and it fully supports the government agenda. The civil-military relations are based on trust and both enjoy this trust in each other. I will never leave the country and will bring the country out of difficulties.”

The prime minister sees a conspiracy behind the JUI-F chief’s protest which, he said, is driven by a certain agenda. When asked if has got any proof of a foreign agenda, he said there is no proof, but the timing of the march and the regional situation suggest that there is an Indian hand behind this.

“There is no question of my resignation and I will not resign. The protest is agenda-based, and it has foreign support,” he said.

The prime minister was of the view that the JUI-F’s plan to protest has sent a wave of joy in India. “I don’t understand what Maulana’s problem is and I am not able to understand the agenda of the opposition,” he said.

He acknowledged that inflation and unemployment remain a big problem which his government is trying to resolve.

When asked about the sit-in which he staged against the Nawaz government, Imran Khan said his sit-in was not baseless and he had proof of election rigging in four constituencies.

 

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