Plan B: JUI-F to end Azadi March Islamabad sit-in, spread protest nationwide

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) had decided to enact its ‘Plan B’, with sources informing on Wednesday that the party will end its dharna (sit-in) and spread the protest across Pakistan.

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JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman made the announcement to protesters in Islamabad on Wednesday.

“We will be leaving here tonight and will stand beside you (protesters), so the Azadi March proceeds successfully. Your presence here has pulled out the roots and the next step will be to root out the stem. Give one more push to the already falling walls,” he said to the crowd.

He appealed to the people who could not join the march to now come out when the protests spread across Pakistan.

Addressing participants of the Azadi March, Atta ur Rehman said that implementation on Plan B has already begun.

“According to our Plan B, we have staged a dharna protest on the Quetta-Chaman highway,” said Rehman. “We will also block Chakdara Chowk in Lower Dir and Indus Highway according to our plan.”

He said that Shahrah-e-Resham was blocked as well by the Azadi Marchers.

“We will close Indus Highway at the Link Road,” he said. “In Punjab, we have blocked G.T. Road at Buzdar.”

He said that workers of the JUI-F will start implementation on Plan B from Thursday at 2:00 PM.

The JUI-F held a consultation meeting under supremo Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman today, where it devised its future strategy.

Earlier, the protesters were blocking the Quetta-Chaman Highway for traffic.

Provincial JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Wasay said ‘Plan B’ was underway in Balochistan with the highway being closed for traffic.

On Tuesday, while addressing the participants of Azadi March, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had urged his party workers to come out from their homes to execute the ‘Plan-B’ which involved blocking major highways and trade links across the country.

The JUI-F plans on closing all main roads throughout Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

All the thoroughfares of Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be blocked as well by the Azadi March supporters.

Thousands of protesters have converged on the federal capital under the banner of the Azadi March, seeking to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The ‘Azadi’ March caravan, which set off from Sindh on Oct 27, left Punjab’s city Lahore on Oct 30 and culminated its journey T in Islamabad on Oct 31.

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