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Fazl sees system collapsing due to establishment's interference

Says establishment wants people of its choice in assemblies

07:55 PM | 27 Feb, 2024
Maulana Fazlur Rehman
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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Tuesday the "system would collapse" because the "establishment wants a government of its choice".

Addressing a press conference alongside other party leaders in Peshawar, Fazl said, "The establishment wants people of its choice in assemblies."

"We received information before the elections that it has been decided to reduce the JUI-F’s inclusion [in the assemblies]. Different styles of rigging occurred in every polling station during the polls."

"If they think there was no rigging in the polls, then the May 9 narrative is apparently buried. They cannot run the country and this system will collapse. Those who are sticking to the system will be crying in the coming days," Fazl said.

The politico found no difference in "rigging" the 2018 and the 2024 general polls. He was of the view that a public representative should not be a "representative of the establishment."

He, however, rejected any threat to the continuity of the country’s parliamentary system.

After ‘election rigging’ claims brought the political arch-rivals closer, the politico-religious party's chief said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should be given the right to form its government if its candidates won the majority of seats in the recent polls.

Without naming PTI founder Imran Khan who wrote a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to force Islamabad for an election audit, Fazl also asked political stakeholders to refrain from inviting foreign institutions to interfere in the internal affairs of the country.

He signalled that JUI-F has always kept the doors open for holding dialogues if any party was serious about addressing its reservations. Fazl said that his party had also given respect to its arch-rival PTI’s delegation as per political traditions.

The cleric, who headed the multi-party alliance — Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) which ousted the former premier Khan from his office in 2022 via parliamentary vote, criticised the PTI founder’s arrest. He said that he had never felt happiness over any politician’s detention.

The JUI-F supremo announced that his party will stay away from the presidential elections, as well as forthcoming polls for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s chief minister, and the opposition leader.

He reiterated that the JUI-F — the party which was a strong political ally of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party in the previous government — would not be part of any government in the Centre and provinces.

To a question, the senior politician replied that they do not consider governorship as a political portfolio, however, his party has not mulled over accepting such an offer so far.

As per preliminary results of the February 8 nationwide polls, the Fazl-led party won five National Assembly (NA), and 18 provincial assembly (PA) seats, collectively, in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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