JUI-F chief hints at prolonging protest sit-in

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Leader of Awami National Party Mian Ifthikhar Hussain (R), and Chief of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai (L) look on as Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman (C) speaks during an anti-government "Azadi (Freedom) March" in Islamabad on November 2, 2019. - Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied alongside opposition supporters in Pakistan's capital on November 1, as the firebrand cleric leading the protests called on Prime Minister Imran Khan's government to step down within 48 hours. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP)

JUI-F chief hints at prolonging protest sit-in

Leader of Awami National Party Mian Ifthikhar Hussain (R), and Chief of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai (L) look on as Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman (C) speaks during an anti-government “Azadi (Freedom) March” in Islamabad on November 2, 2019. – Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied alongside opposition supporters in Pakistan’s capital on November 1, as the firebrand cleric leading the protests called on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to step down within 48 hours. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP)\

 

ISLAMABAD: A tense calm hangs over Islamabad as the 48-hour ultimatum given by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to the prime minister for his resignation ends on Sunday evening (today), with the law enforcement personnel gearing up to meet any eventuality in case the protesters camping at the designated H-9 venue violate the agreement.

While the Maulana on Saturday hinted that there was no immediate plan to enter the Red Zone, he also made it clear that the protesters did not intend to return either until PM Imran Khan stepped down.

“Our people want to go ahead but D-Chowk is not our destination. This is a movement and it will continue. There is no timeline,” the JUI-F chief said while speaking to the gathering on the third day of the anti-government protest in Islamabad.

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