The Azadi March of The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), led by the party leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has departed from the Sohrab Gothic area of Karachi on Sunday and is on its way to Islamabad.
Thousands of people, including seminary students, are taking part in the march. The convoys of political parties including PPP, PML-N, Awami National Party (ANP) are also participating in the march.
Other than the JUI-F leadership, leaders of other parties like PPP and PML-N are also onboard the leading container to lead the container, which includes PPP’s Saeed Ghani and Raza Rabbani and PML-N’s Nihal Hashmi and Mohammad Zubair.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said while addressing the participants of the match, “We had promised to our Kashmiri brothers that we will observe a day to express solidarity with them. The entire nation is on the same page on the issue of Kashmir.” He said that the international community must take notice of the violation of human rights in occupied Kashmir as there has been a curfew in Kashmir from the past three months.
In his speech about the political scenario, the head of the JUI-F said that the opposition had rejected all requests from the negotiating team sent by the government and will continue their sit-in according to the decisions of the judiciary.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan will have to resign. Hundreds of thousands have gathered in Karachi; what will the government do when people from across the country reach Islamabad?”, he asked.
The head of JUI-F questioned the forces that brought Moin Qureshi (a green card holder) from abroad to appoint him as interim prime minister for three months in 1993.
“Our citizenship is questioned; they declare us Pashtun and Afghani,” he said.
Fazlur Rehman gave these remarks in response to PEMRA’s announcement, in which they told all the TV channels to not invite Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F, declaring him a confirmed alien.
Maulana Wasey told the reporters before leaving Karachi, “We will continue our struggle until the removal of the current rulers.”
“Our sit-in will continue in Islamabad till the resignation of the prime minister.”, leader of PPP, Ali Madad Jattak said.
The march will pass through Loralai and Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab before arriving in Islamabad for a protest against the current government.