Fazlur Rahman asks Sharif not to resign as PM, should complete tenure

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KARACHI: Chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rahman advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday not to resign from the his office “as the recent crisis is in fact a conspiracy hatched by India and the United States to hit the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project”.

Talking to journalists at the office of Majlis-i-Tahaffuz-i-Khatam-i-Nubuwwat, the key ally of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government also warned the opposition’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that the demand for the prime minister’s resignation would strengthen the “non-democratic forces”.

“The recent crisis is part of India and US conspiracy which want to create political instability in the country,” Maulana Fazlur said.

“Under the garb of this political and economic instability they want to attack the CPEC to make it a failure. We should not forget history and remember that when the project was set to be launched in 2014, the same move was made. The visit of the Chinese president had to be postponed amid same demands for the PM’s resignation,” the JUI-F chief said.

The JUI-F chief said that he had conveyed his concerns to the government back in 2014 when the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had staged a sit-in against the government that conspiracies against the government would continue in phases after brief spells.

“But we never knew that the courts will be used for such conspiracies,” he said.

Maulana Fazl avoided directly commenting on the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and called it a subject of the parties concerned, but asserted that it was not the domain of the court to set up such teams.

He criticised the role and stance of the PPP and wondered how the opposition party joined hands with the PTI, which, he said, had similar views about PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari.

He appealed to the PPP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan not to make PTI leader Imran Khan too strong as this policy would ultimately affect their political future too.

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