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This isn’t a dharna: Fazl on Azadi March Day 4

Says his march has backing from every Pakistani

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 30, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Oct 30, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Wednesday that his Azadi March has become a national movement, which is backed by every single Pakistani.

As of 11:45pm, the Azadi March caravans had reached Gujranwala. The JUI-F chief briefly addressed his supporters at the Chan Da Qila area in the city.

He said they didn’t accept the July 25 polls and the people should again vote for the one who deserved to lead them.

“Today, we have set out for the safety and integrity of Pakistan,” Fazl said. “The people of Pakistan have to fight this battle.”

Speaking to a rally in Kamoke, he said the entire nation was on the same page.

The people’s vote will now be respected, he said. “There will be no compromise on the matter.”

Fazl said the marchers wish to see a stable economy. “Our economic ship is currently sinking. We must fight for the nation’s security,” he said.

He thanked all the participants of the Azadi March for their support.

The next stop is Gujranwala, where a big crowd is waiting to welcome Fazl. It is expected that the marchers will stay overnight in Gujar Khan.

Traffic plan for Islamabad

The Islamabad Traffic Police have issued a traffic plan for tomorrow (Thursday). The Azadi March is  all set to enter the city tomorrow during the day.

The protesters will hold a demonstration at Islamabad’s H-9 area. Emergency contact numbers have also been given in the traffic plan.


Photo: Islamabad Traffic Police/ website


Photo: Islamabad Traffic Police/ website

Earlier in the day, addressing the crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan, the JUI-F chief said the marchers didn’t even cause a minor injury to anyone during their journey so far.

He said they did not accept the results of July 25, 2018 election due to the worst rigging of polls.

“We have not pledged allegiance to this ruler from the day one,” Fazl said. “The vote belongs to the people and [we] can’t tolerate its plunder.”

He said the national economy had declined to such lows that it was threatening the very existence of the country.

“The dignified teachers of the country are being dragged on Islamabad roads, traders are on a strike as their businesses have been badly affected,” the JUI-F chief said.


He said 500,000 houses might have been razed in the country, but foundation stone of not even a single one was laid.

“The loyalists of western economy want to impawn Pakistan’s economy with the West,” Fazl said. He said his party fully supported demands of the protesting traders.

“Today’s Azadi March is the voice of every oppressed Pakistani,” the JUI-F chief said. “It has evolved into a national movement.”

The JUI-F’s Azadi March reached Lahore Tuesday night. On Wednesday, marchers gathered at the Minar-e-Pakistan.

Speaking to the media before leaving for Minar-e-Pakistan, Fazl said this is a movement, not a dharna. It’s not like this will stop if we don’t get the results we want in Islamabad, he said. We never even used the word dharna, he said.

Addressing the crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan, party leaders announced that they will not leave Islamabad without toppling the government.

The leaders of opposition parties severely criticized the media for blacking out the Azadi March. “Pakistan’s media has become blind and deaf,” said one leader.

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