Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Govt to allow JUI-F to hold Azadi March: spokesman

Opposition will have the permission if Azadi March remains within the limits of constitution and law: spox

Pervez Khattak — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday decided to allow Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to hold the Azadi March later this month, a government spokesman said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was presiding over a meeting of the committee that the government had set up to persuade the JUI-F to cancel its Azadi March.

"Government believes in democratic norms," the prime minister was quoted as saying during the meeting.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government will not get blackmailed, adding that no one will be allowed to jeopardise lives or property.

The spokesman said opposition will have the permission, if the Azadi March remains within the limits of the constitution and the law.

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The seven-member government committee comprising Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Elahi, Sadiq Sanjrani, Shafqat Mehmood and Noorul Haq Qadri was set up after Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced to a mount a march on Islamabad on October 31.