ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties announced that a ‘Black Day’ will be observed on July 25 after attending an eight-hour-long all parties conference (APC) in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The APC, led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, was aimed at formulating a strategy for a movement against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
Delegations of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party (ANP), the Aftab Sherpao-led Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), National Party and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) attended the conference.
Addressing a press conference following the conclusion of the meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, flanked by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari among other opposition politicians, said the meeting has declared the recently pitched budget by the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan as “anti-people, anti-traders and anti-industrialists.”
He said the opposition would continue protesting against the financial bill and in and outside the parliament, adding that the opposition parties would also launch public awareness movements in this connection.
“Opposition has unanimously decided to demand issuance of production orders for Waziristan MNAs Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar,” said the JUI-F.
He said the meeting also stressed upon the need for legislation on missing persons so that they can be presented before the court. “The meeting rejects ECP’s recommendation of deploying personnel of armed forces inside the polling stations during the upcoming elections in the erstwhile FATA.”
Maulana Fazl said the opposition would resist all kinds of attempts to derail parliamentary form of a democratic system in the country. He said the ongoing accountability drive should be across the board and without any discrimination.