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Fazl’s Rawalpindi march statement his personal opinion, says Kaira

'Not necessary to accept whatever is said at PDM rallies'

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Posted: Jan 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman's statement of a march towards Rawalpindi was his personal opinion, PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said Monday.

No debate was held on this in the Pakistan Democratic Movement [meetings], Kaira told SAMAA TV.

"If I say something from PDM's platform, Mian Nawaz Sharif sahib does, then it is their individual [opinion]," he said.

The PPP leader said the PDM statement with all the signatories conveys the alliance's position.

"It doesn't happen that whatever words are uttered by a person there will be owned by everyone," he said.

Kaira said the things agreed upon by the alliance are documented.

"No they should not be," he replied, when asked if anti-army statements should be part of speeches at rallies.

Kaira's statement came hours after the Pakistani military spokesman said the army would offer PDM protesters tea, snacks and look after them if they arrived in Rawalpindi.

“I see no reason for them to come to Pindi, but if they want to come then we will look after them,” ISPR DG Major General Babar Iftikhar said at a press conference.

On January 1, Fazl said the PDM leadership would decide whether its long march should be towards Islamabad or Rawalpindi.

He didn’t specify the destination of the march but his comment appeared to be a reference to the Pakistan Army's headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The PDM, an alliance of Pakistan opposition parties, has staged several anti-government rallies in major cities of the country. It announced last month that its lawmakers will resign from the national and provincial assemblies to force PM Imran Khan to announce new elections in the country.

The opposition accuses the establishment of bringing PM Imran Khan to power by rigging the 2018 elections. In October 2020, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif directly accused Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Pakistan's spy chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed of plotting the ouster of the PML-N government and bringing PM Khan-led PTI to power.

“We all agree that Pakistan has been turned into a deep state and the establishment has taken the whole system hostage,” Fazl said. PM Khan was just a “pawn”, he said.

PDM leaders consider the ones who brought him into power “criminals”, he added. “Our criticism will be directed at them,” the PDM president said.

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