Pak government approaches fire brand cleric to end protest

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government approached Maulana Fazlur Rehman, cleric and fire brand politician, who leads the first major offer to overthrow the Prime Minister Imran Khan , to end the mass protest, which entered the fifth day on Tuesday.

Right-wing leader Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) leads the protest, called 'Azadi March', in Islamabad, demanding Khan's resignation, accusing him of manipulating the 2018 general elections.

Opposition parties, including the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) and the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP), have also supported the anti-government demonstration.

Two different government negotiating teams contacted JUI-F on Monday in Islamabad, the Express Tribune reported.

A delegation headed by the former prime minister. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain He met with the cleric on Monday night, hours after the government negotiating team led by Defense Minister Pervaiz Khattak held talks with the Rehbar Committee headed by JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani, and discussed his demands, he said.

However, neither side showed signs of giving ground, according to the report.

Khattak and the Rahbar Committee will resume talks on Tuesday afternoon.

Rehman asked his followers on Monday to continue his protest against the government with perseverance and courage, as the 48-hour deadline set by him for the resignation of Prime Minister Khan expired.

He said the movement to expel the prime minister will continue to advance and will never be in the past.

Rehman gave Khan last Friday a two-day ultimatum to resign, saying that Pakistan's Gorbachev must resign without testing the patience of peaceful protesters.

The 66-year-old cleric said the protest would continue until Khan resigns.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the continuous protest, the head of the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, has promised to form the government at all costs.

Addressing a PPP workers convention in Uch Sharif in Punjab province on Monday, Bilawal called Khan an inefficient prime minister and said his party would form a national government at all costs, Dawn newspaper reported.

In criticizing the federal budget, he said he has made people's lives hell.

Bilawal also criticized government policies, particularly the prime minister's announcement of the construction of five million houses, according to the report.

The PPP leader claimed that the government's housing policy has left thousands of poor homeless.

By extending its support to the agricultural community, Bilawal said that the Khan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Pakistan has inflicted economic damage on farmers.

He also criticized the government's media policy, saying that the press was not free in Pakistan and that the ruling party has silenced the people's voice.

Referring to the 'Azadi' march, he said: We have supported him (Rehman).