Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday warned the government that his party would go even further than blocking highways across the country.
“The prime minister’s resignation is our primary demand,” he said.
Fazl said that the anti-government movement had embarked on its second phase. He hoped that the government would soon go home.
The JUI-F chief said that his party had not created a situation where the everyday life of people got affected.
“We wouldn’t have been forced to block highways across the country if the government had decided to go home during our dharna,” he said.
Fazl said that he hoped at the end of this year, his party would succeed in securing its primary objective.
Fazl said that the conditions that the government had imposed on Nawaz Sharif were disappointing. He said that the Rahbar Committee was operational and talks were going on between opposition parties.
He said that the government was blackmailing Nawaz. The JUI-F chief confirmed that he had spoken to Shehbaz Sharif.
The government on Thursday deployed police and paramilitary force in Rawalpindi as Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl geared up to launch the ‘Plan B’ of its Azadi March.
The religio-political party, under its ‘Plan B’, intends to block main roads in all the federating units of the country, including the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Wearing protective head gear and equipped with safety shields and tear gas, the police and FC personnel were seen manning Chungi Number 26 — a key entry point into Islamabad.
A day after ending its 14-day sit-in, the JUI-F is expected to spread their protests throughout the country; blocking major thoroughfares across in all four provinces is on their agenda.