Institutions should stay within their constitutional limits: Fazl

PDM head vows to continue struggle against govt


Mohammad Zafar November 17, 2021
PDM head Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that PDM will continue the struggle against the PTI government. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA:

Lambasting the recent allegations made by the ex-Gilgit-Baltistan chief judge against former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, the head of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Amir, Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday urged state institutions to "stay within their constitutional limits".

"Questions are also being raised on our judiciary. We (civilians) have to run this country and its institutions," Fazl said, while addressing a public gathering held at Quetta's Hockey Chowk ground.

"A bill is being formulated to bring SBP (State Bank of Pakistan) directly under IMF," he said, referring to the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021 — granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis and the use of electronic voting machines – which the government managed to pass in a joint sitting or parliament earlier in the day.

JUI-F chief said that he didn't care about the laws regarding electoral reforms. "Only a fraudulent government can talk about such reforms," he added.

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He said that instead of fulfilling the promise of giving five million houses and 10 million jobs, the PTI government was demolishing many homes. "We will not disappoint the nation. The country should have a constitutional and democratic rule," he asserted.

Fazl further said that the struggle against the government will continue.

Speaking on the occasion, Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai said that Pakistan was sinking due to our own mistakes as we failed to establish a truly people's government in the country.

"We fought for this country because we consider Pakistan as our motherland," he added. "You could be jailed for talking about the constitution in this country."

He said that a round table conference will have to be convened for supremacy of the constitution. "We are out [on the streets] to save this country," Mehmood said, adding that the country was caught playing a “dangerous game”.

President National Party Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that the country will remain backward till the supremacy of the constitution and parliament.

"For the first time in history, people are selling their children due to high prices," said Baloch, adding that PDM movement was aimed at supremacy of people and democracy.

Criticising the government's negotiations with IMF, he said that what would happen when the international financial institutions stopped giving loans to Pakistan one day.

He maintained that the PDM will never accept the electronic voting system.

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