Unhappy smaller opp parties to share their demands with PML-N, PPP

Meeting chaired by Fazl says separate strategy to be defined if big two don’t agree: JUI-F chief says Rahbar Committee meeting after Ashura: Fresh elections required sans interference

By: News Desk      Published: 05:19 PM, 28 Aug, 2020
Unhappy smaller opp parties to share their demands with PML-N, PPP
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A gathering of nine smaller opposition parties convened and chaired by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman in Islamabad expressed their serious reservations over the policies of the PML-N and the PPP, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

Sources say some of these parties were of the view that the opposition was already weak and final discussion should be held with the big two on the future course of action.

Later, the participants agreed with Fazl’s suggestion that the joint demands should be presented before the PML-N and the PPP at a meeting of Rahbar Committee (a panel comprising the representatives of different political parties for coordination purposes).

The committee meeting should formulate a joint agenda of an anti-government movement and the future line of action, the participants stressed.

The sources say the decision taken by the committee would be given a written shape so that the facts could be shared with the people in case any party backtracked from its position.

Moreover, the smaller opposition parties would determine their own strategy if the PML-N and the PPP did not agree with them, the sources added.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Usman Kakar of PkMAP, BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal, Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Amir Haider Khan Hoti of ANP, Senator Mir Kabir of National Party, QWP head Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Jamaat-e-Al Hadith’s Sajid Mir and Awais Noorani of JUP were among those attending the meeting.

Later, Fazl told a press conference that the meeting had approved a decision to hold a meeting of the Rahbar Committee after Ashura. The huddle would prepare the APC agenda including the Charter of Democracy (CoD), he added.

Declaring the July 25 polls a fraud, Fazl said they wanted fresh elections under an independent Election Commission so that no one could interfere in the process.

The smaller opposition parties’ heads have decided unanimously that all the political parties would move forward in unity for the Parliament’s supremacy, the JUI-F chief told the journalists.

Earlier, the meeting discussed the situation arising out of the cooperation extended by the two main political parties to the PTI government in legislation and whether to move along the two or not in the future.