ISLAMABAD: Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz on Monday said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants to be arrested so that he can “become a hero”, but the government has no intention of detaining him.
“Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants to be arrested so he can become a hero. [The government] does not want to give Maulana so much importance by arresting him,” the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) senator said.
“However, measures, in accordance with the law, will be taken to maintain law and order situation,” Faraz said.
Senator Faraz further said that the cracks between opposition parties have become obvious by the cancellation of a meeting between Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and the JUI-F delegation, which was called to initiate negotiations between the government and Rehman’s party. Faraz also predicted that the upcoming ‘Azadi March’ announced by Rehman was doomed to fail and added that the JUI-F leader “should consider what would happen afterwards”.
“Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s politics will end if the sit-in fails,” Faraz warned.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday had constituted a seven-member team under Defence Minister Pervez Khattak to engage the JUI-F and other opposition parties ahead of their planned march. The JUI-F chief on Saturday had given a go-ahead to his party’s secretary-general and Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri to meet the Senate chairman, who, as a member of the government negotiating team, had contacted him over the telephone and sought a meeting.
On Sunday, however, Rehman had stopped his party’s delegation from meeting Sanjrani, saying a decision on talks with the government would now be made by the opposition’s collective Rehbar Committee.