Pak protest leader calls meeting of all parties as deadline for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran
ISLAMABAD: Maulana Fazlur Rehman, clergyman and politician of the Pakistan fire brand, convened on Monday a conference of all parties to discuss the course of future action as the 48-hour deadline set by him for the Prime Minister Imran Khan The resignation has expired.
The leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), who is leading a large protest called 'Azadi March' comprising tens of thousands of his supporters in the national capital, said the movement to overthrow the prime minister will continue to move forward and you will never be on your foot.
Rehman gave Khan a two-day ultimatum on Friday to resign, saying that the Gorbachev of Pakistan must resign without testing the patience of peaceful protesters.
The 66-year-old cleric said the protest would continue until the prime minister resigns.
The JUI-F has convened a conference of all parties to discuss the course of future action in consultation with the leaders of other opposition parties, The Express Tribune reported.
Rehman's call for protest has been supported by the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N), the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP), the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, the Qaumi Watan Party, the National Party and Awami National Party .
However, Dawn News reported that PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif You may not be able to attend the meeting of all parties.
It was very unlikely that Bilawal and Shehbaz party bosses arrived in Islamabad on such short notice, the report said, citing the respective party leaders.
Shehbaz was unable to attend due to back pain and other prior commitments, Dawn news said, citing sources from PML-N.
Bilawal, which is located in the city, about 620 kilometers from here, will not be able to attend the meeting in which the final consultations will be held on the future strategy of Azadi March, according to the PPP sources.
Meanwhile, Lahore High Court agreed to hear a petition demanding action against the head of the JUI-F, Rehman, for challenging the government's mandate, delivering hateful, provocative and seditious speeches against the state, the report says.
Prime Minister Khan has rejected the protesters' demand to resign and said the demonstration was an effort to reach an agreement for the release of PML-N and the main leaders of the PPP who are currently in prisons due to accusations of corruption.
Khan has reiterated that he would never grant a concession similar to the National Reconciliation Ordinance to the leaders of opposition parties facing corruption cases.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Information Dr. has said that the prime minister is determined to meet the democratic demands of the opposition through the dialogue process.
The Imran Khan government has expressed desire to meet all demands of the opposition parties - except the premier's resignation.
The government has established elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order in the capital. The main roads have been totally or partially blocked by shipping containers and barbed wires.
The Red Zone that houses key official buildings and the diplomatic enclave has already been secured by blocking the entry points. Around 700 security personnel were deployed to safeguard the Red Zone.
Rehman has decided to avoid marching towards the sensitive red zone or around the prime minister's house.
Police and paramilitary forces held security parades to deal with protesters if they tried to invade the Red Zone.
Protesters settled on the extensive land near the Peshawar Mor area, where different political parties have established camps to house their workers.