Fazl says CPEC future ruined, blasts new bill

Asks ECP to annul 2018 elections, announce fresh polls

By: News Desk      Published: 02:30 PM, 29 Oct, 2020
Fazl says CPEC future ruined, blasts new bill

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday said the future of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had been ruined, as he blasted the PTI government’s policy on the venture which is vital to the country’s future, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

China wasn’t happy with Pakistan, he told reporters in Multan, adding that the country has been facing isolation in the world.

Describing it as a blatant attempt to protect corruption in the multi-billion-dollar project, Fazl said a bill was being introduced in National Assembly later in the day to exempt the CPEC Authority chairman from any accountability.

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When asked about the absence of any guarantor and the future line of action in this scenario, he said their demand was to hold fresh elections. “We neither hold talks nor are in favour holding dialogue,” the JUI-F chief replied in response to another question.

The Election Commission of Pakistan should announce the annulment of 2018 elections and give a date for new polls, he demanded 

Fazl again reminded the reporters that divining Kashmir into three was a formula presented by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The stakeholders were not even being listened to in Gilgit-Baltistan, he added. 

Stating that he never compromises on principles, the JUI chief said there was no government in the country and “whatever there is, it is standing on crutches.”

The government, he said, wanted to fully control media, adding that the closure of 24NewsHD TV channel was a part of the policy. 

Fazl also made it clear that they would make the necessary arrangements themselves if the government could not provide security. The opposition rallies would go ahead as per schedule, he said, adding that protecting the citizens was a government responsibility.