KARACHI: A first glimpse of the growing tension between the ruling party and its opposition parties as the dates of their respective power shows in Islamabad draw near ahead of a vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan has been seen here on Thursday when a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) caravan departed for Islamabad with hundreds of its workers and separately Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) put the finishing touches on its journey to the capital.
Large numbers of JUI-F workers gathered near Sohrab Goth early in the day and it took over three hours when the caravan wheels finally hit the road. Led by JUI-F leader Sindh Rashid Mahmood Soomro and other senior party leaders, the opposition workers left the Karachi border at 1 p.m. The convoy must pass Thursday evening in Sukkur after passing through various towns.
“The workers are delighted to be part of this huge national movement that would lead to the end of an unjust and illegal regime. The days of the PTI government are numbered,” said party spokesman Muhammad Sami ul Haq Swati.
On the other hand, the PTI also showed muscle and announced the early morning departure of its “thousands of workers and supporters” for Islamabad where they would join the party rally on March 27.
Sindh PTI is set to follow suit and leaves today to join the energy fair in the capital
The Prime Minister’s televised call for the nation to participate in the PTI’s power show at the Islamabad parade ground has further fueled the enthusiasm of party activists.
A large number of party workers led by Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Haleem Adil Sheikh visited the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah before the start of their journey to the Islamabad rally titled ‘Amr bil Maroof Jalsa’ .
“The PTI Caravan from Karachi will depart for Islamabad on Friday [today] be part of Amr bil Maroof Jalsa,” Mr. Sheikh said.
“We are here today at Mazar-i-Quaid to reiterate our commitment to the cause of PTI leader and Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is striving to save Pakistan from Quaid-i-Azam corruption and plunder. by thieves, and to make our country what the Quaid-i-Azam dreamed of.
Accompanied by MPAs Raja Azhar, Saeed Afridi, Shahnawaz Jadoon, Adnan Ismail and others, he said hundreds of party-hired vehicles and those belonging to workers and supporters would enter Islamabad well before the March 27 rally, predicting that it would be “the greatest political activity in the history of the country”.
“The Sindh caravan will leave Karachi from Sohrab Goth on Friday morning while the departure of other caravans will continue till the next day. People from all over Sindh will attend the gathering,” he added.
Addressing Hatri Bypass party activists, JUI-F Secretary General Rashid Mehmood Soomro said someone misled people in the name of ‘Medina State’, our correspondent in Hyderabad adds .
Mr Soomro said false promises to provide jobs and houses had been made but today people could not earn a living. He said sarcastically, “Listen to Khan sahab! we come to offer funeral prayers for your rule.
He said PM’s lies won’t work now that people have woken up.
He wondered why Imran Khan was delaying the motion of no confidence when he himself had said he would resign if the members deemed him incompetent.
He added that the prime minister had lost the trust of parliament and 220 million people in the country.
JUI-F leader asked Imran Khan to refrain from disturbing Maulana [Fazl’s] supporters by resorting to name-calling and warned that they would not let him hide otherwise. He said people were united under the leadership of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He said people bring chicks and eggs for PM so he can use them in jail.
Posted in Dawn, March 25, 2022