Between 11 am and 1.20 pm on Saturday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) held a meeting to chalk out a ‘solid strategy’ to protest during the president’s address to the joint session of Parliament. Sources told The Express Tribune that the two were not on the ‘same page’ and that the two-hour long meeting ended inconclusively.
PML-N leaders invited JUI-F to boycott President Zardari’s address but failed to convince them.
“We will not chant slogans against the government,” Fazl told Nisar, adding that his party will only stage light protest in order to show solidarity with the opposition, a senior leader in attendance told The Express Tribune.
Fazl also asked Senator Raja Zafarul Haq to stop young PML-N MNAs from chanting slogans against the government.
JUI-F Information Secretary Amjad Khan said: “Silent protest conveys a stronger message than battering the government.” He did not comment on why both parties were divided on the issues.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2012.