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PDM Chief expresses resentment at exclusion from Dubai meeting

The PDM leader claims that Faiz Hameed made him an offer to chair the Senate.

Peshawar, 10 July, 2023 (GNP): Fazlur Rahman, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and President of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), voiced his disappointment at not being informed about the recent meeting between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership in Dubai.

Speaking to senior media persons, Fazlur Rahman emphasized the importance of taking all coalition partners into confidence, especially since the PDM is a movement rather than just an electoral alliance. He reiterated that each party within the PDM would participate in elections independently once the coalition government dissolves.

Furthermore, Fazlur Rahman expressed his belief that the upcoming elections should be held on time despite the country facing significant challenges. He highlighted the reduction in foreign loans and the restoration of trust from friendly countries, which will contribute to Pakistan overcoming its economic crisis.

While acknowledging the positive outcomes of the government’s economic policies, Fazlur Rahman also acknowledged the need for time before the people can fully benefit from these policies and witness a decrease in the cost of living.

In his address, Fazlur Rahman criticized the dual policies of the international community, questioning their inconsistent stance on matters of religion, freedom of speech, and trade relations. He criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for his contradictory approach and alleged him of recognizing Israel and pushing the country toward indecency and lewdness. Fazlur Rahman pledged to confront and silence the ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Regarding the performance of the caretaker government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fazlur Rahman clarified that the caretaker setup was a consensus arrangement and should not be solely attributed to the JUI-F.

He highlighted that interim governments are inherently weak and operate within the defined role outlined by the Constitution. Additionally, Fazlur Rahman responded to criticism directed at the JUI-F regarding the appointment of the Governor, stating that the party did not recommend Ghulam Ali for the position.

Addressing the issue of military courts and the trials of civilians, Fazlur Rahman acknowledged the seriousness of cases like the May 9 attack, describing it as an assault on the state and a form of rebellion.

He explained that military courts’ decisions could be appealed in high courts. Fazlur Rahman also recounted a conversation with a British diplomat regarding the crackdown on the perpetrators of the May 9 incidents, highlighting the need for a firm response to protect the state’s integrity.

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In a notable revelation, Fazlur Rahman disclosed an interaction with former DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, stating that he had declined proposals to become a member and chairman of the Senate. He emphasized that his struggle was not driven by personal ambitions but rather aimed at safeguarding the country’s interests.