FM Qureshi asks JUI-F chief to change date of his ‘Azadi March’
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday asked Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman to avoid march towards Islamabad on October 27 as it was the day of expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Talking to a private news channel, he suggested Maulana Fazal ur Rehman to review the date of his march so that the Kashmir cause should not be disturbed on the same day.
The foreign minister said India had occupied the valley on October 27, and on the same date, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was launching the march towards Islamabad which can damage the Kashmir cause and Pakistan.
On Oct 3, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had announced to start ‘Azadi March’ from October 27 in the country. He had said that march aimed at toppling the government.
Ahead of presidential elections on Sept 3 in 2018, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman had said efforts were being made to bring the opposition on same page.
Talking to media in Lahore, he had thanked President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for his support to him in presidential election.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique, on this occasion, had said all political parties except the Pakistan Peoples Party would vote to Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman in the presidential polls.
On Sept 24, veteran PML-N leader and former federal minister for planning, development and reform Ahsan Iqbal had alleged that Aamer Mehmood Kiani, former minister for national health services, had been involved in taking kickbacks.
“On what basis, the health minister of the government was changed,” he had asked and himself told the reason “because he had taken kickbacks which shot medicines prices up”.