On Sunday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader, said that it was very well known who is being discussed by using the term “establishment.”
“This is not an concern, it has been made a problem by the media,” he said during a press conference in Islamabad while responding to a query Fazl.
Earlier today, Fazl Rehman, who is also the leader of the 11-party opposition coalition called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), convened a conference of the leaders of the constituent parties of the alliance to examine the country’s prevalent political condition.
“We honour the institutions of the government, but if it is appropriate to take the names of officials […] then the name of everyone belonging to the institutions of the country should also be taken. This is not a felony.”
Before declining to take further questions on the subject, he added that some were polite, while others were more realistic in this regard.
Fazl Rehman ‘s remarks came days after Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari of the PPP said he was “shocked” when he heard the speech of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif during the first PDM rally in Gujranwala in which Nawaz identified, among other things, the top military leadership of the country for orchestrating his ouster.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz downplayed Bilawal ‘s remarks on Saturday and said there were no concerns about the party. “The declaration of Bilawal was obvious. The need for a few people is their misinterpretation. Because the boat (of the government) is sinking, they are attempting to build gaps inside the PDM,” she said.
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Fazl Rehman started by commenting on the specifics of the conference, addressing the presser after the PDM ‘s meeting on Sunday. “Party leaders took part in the meeting [and] Nawaz Sharif of PML-N and Asif Ali Zardari of PPP took part via video connection.”
The current political condition of the nation was reviewed during the meeting and the potential roadmap was deliberated upon, he added. “It was universally noted that the most pressing problem is the present economic condition of the world, which has robbed the peace of mind of the common man and made it hard for him to live.”
He said the “united PDM” also spoke about the timeline for potential rallies. “The Steering Committee will hold a conference on 13 November where both parties will make proposals for a mutual understanding.
“The PDM leadership will hold another meeting in Islamabad on 14 November, which will outline the recommendations put out by the steering committee in a definitive manner.”
He added that the incidents preceding and after the detention of the retired PML-N chief, Captain Safdar, were also addressed during the meeting today.
After Sindh police officers had demanded leaves en masse, the army chief intervened. They were told that they would set up an investigation committee that would report its conclusions in 10 days. Since then, however, three weeks have passed and no research has come forward, ” he added.
He said that the meeting also condemned the recent remarks of the former Minister of the Interior, Brigadier Iyaz Shah, in which he reportedly warned against Taliban attacks.
The PDM, which has already held public meetings in Gujranwala, Karachi and Quetta, is now scheduled to hold public meetings on 22 November in Peshawar, on 30 November in Multan and on 13 December in Lahore.
PDM leaders have stated that the Lahore public meeting on 13 December would be the “biggest event” in the history of the world, after which the new “set-up” will no longer be able to hold up against the people’s wishes.
In January of next year, the PDM has already called for a long march to Islamabad to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.