Azadi March caravan heads toward Islamabad

Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), is marching to Islamabad to challenge the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Dubbed the ‘Azadi’ March, the caravan, which began its journey from the Sindh province, left Punjab’s city Lahore last night and will wind up its expedition today in Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad.

The JUI-F Azadi March caravan reached Gujar Khan on Thursday morning, from where it will make its way to the federal capital.

Thousands of people, including seminary students, are participating in the march.

The main opposition parties, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have finalised a plan to welcome Azadi March participants on their arrival in Lahore and set up welcome camps in various areas of the city.

The participants of Azadi March from across the country will gather near Tarnol before entering Islamabad on October 31.

Negotiations between the Rahbar Committee of the opposition parties and the government were successful on Saturday as the JUI-F has agreed to hold the protest demonstration at the end of Azadi March at Peshawar Morr in Islamabad — steering clear of the Red Zone.

Last week, the government and opposition parties reached an agreement regarding the march.

Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak led the government delegation. He said that the committee did not demand Prime Minister Imran’s resignation neither did it say that it would topple the government.

“We expect the JUI-F to protest within the limits set out in the constitution of Pakistan,” he said. “If they remain peaceful, we will not create any hurdles for them.”

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