JUI-F decides to meet Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhapat ahead of planned long march

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) lawmakers on Thursday decided to meet incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail ahead of the planned long march.

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JUI-F lawmakers, in this regard, have requested Punjab’s home department to issue permission for them to meet Nawaz in jail. The home department has not responded to the request so far.

A JUI-F spokesperson said that if the meeting was allowed to take place, the leaders will inquire after Sharif’s health and will also deliver party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s “special message”.

Sharif is currently in Kot Lakhpat jail, where he is serving his sentence after being convicted in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.

JUI-F chief Rehman has announced to set out on a long march against the incumbent government and is seeking support from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) — the major opposition parties — who have so far been non-commital in declaring outright support.

PML-N leaders, in a meeting with Rehman yesterday, urged him to delay the march till late November to “better mobilise resources”. PPP, on the other hand, expressed unwillingness to participate in the anti-government movement because of the inclusion of the issues of blasphemy laws and Namoos-i-Risalat on its agenda but has urged opposition to stay united.

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