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Fazal agrees to support ‘national reconciliation’ efforts for political stability

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  • “Fazl is a national leader who can bring national reconciliation.” 
  • Fazl to discuss reconciliation agenda with parties: sources. 
  • Efforts will be made to create consensus on national agenda.

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to bring political stability to the country, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has agreed to play a leading role in national reconciliation, The News has learnt.

According to sources, Fazl, who also heads the multi-party alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), has supported the idea of playing a role in political dialogue among key stakeholders at the suggestion of former senator Muhammad Ali Durrani.

Durrani called on the PDM chief at his residence in Islamabad on Tuesday and the meeting lasted for two hours.

When contacted, Durrani told The News that PDM chief had agreed to play a leading role in national reconciliation. “Fazl is a national leader who can bring about national reconciliation,” he said.

According to sources, Fazl will discuss the agenda of reconciliation with the national leadership in the coming days. In the first phase, efforts will be made to create a consensus on the national agenda for reconciliation among the political parties.

It may be mentioned here the PTI has already agreed to the agenda of national reconciliation while former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had also announced national reconciliation at the Minar-e-Pakistan rally on October 21.

Meanwhile, according to a press release issued by the Central Media Cell of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, former federal information minister Muhammad Ali Durrani met JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and offered condolences on the death of his mother-in-law.

In the meeting, the country’s political situation, upcoming elections and other issues were discussed.

Earlier this month, President Arif Alvi called for ending “bitterness” to pave the way for “cooperation and forgiveness” among the stakeholders in a meeting with Durrani.

Durrani held a third meeting in one month with President Alvi which is part of his efforts to reduce political temperature in the country.

Urging free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections, President Alvi emphasised that all political parties and their leadership should be given equal opportunities to participate in the election process to strengthen democracy in the country.

The president was of the view that there was a dire need for political, institutional and stakeholder unity in the country to battle the difficulties on all possible fronts, including that of economy. 

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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