JUI-F’s March On Islamabad Questioned Following Its Support For GDA Candidate
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) move to march on Islamabad later this month is being questioned following its announcement to support a PTI-backed Grand Democratic Alliance candidate in the Larkana by-polls on October 17.
According to reports in media, JUI-F has announced its support for a Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) candidate, Moazzam Ali Abbasi, in the Larkana by-polls. Abbasi also has the backing of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, against which the JUI-F intends to hold a march at the end of October.
The Supreme Court had earlier disqualified member of the Sindh Assembly, Moazzam Ali Abbasi, who had been elected from PS-11, Larkana. Abbasi had been disqualified for not revealing his assets. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court had ordered a re-election in the constituency.
Election campaigns are currently underway in Larkana for the by-polls, which are to be held on October 17.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan People’s Party has expressed its disapproval over JUI-F’s decision to support GDA’s candidate in PS-11 by-polls.
Pakistan People’s Party Sindh President Nisar Ahmed Khoro has called JUI-F’s opposition to PTI in the center and its support to the party in Sindh a ‘dual policy’. He expressed his displeasure over the fact that the PPP was facilitating JUI-F in its march but the party was campaigning against PPP in the by-polls.
Meanwhile, people have expressed surprise at JUI-F’s move to support a PTI-backed candidate in the Larkana by-polls whilst intending to march on Islamabad later this month.
So JUIF is supporting the establishment in the by-election in Larkana. Makes one wonder what the maulana is marching against
— Assad Zulfiqar Khan (@pseudorebel) October 15, 2019
Another Twitter user asked how the JUI-F intends to overthrow the PTI government when it is endorsing a PTI-backed candidate.
The upcoming #AzadiMarch27October poses 2 questions:
*How may the @JUIOfficial oust the @PTIofficial Government, while endorsing a @PTIofficial candidate?
*Which Internet Service Provider has taken the contract, to provide wi-fi coverage to the protesters?https://t.co/l8U4O285t1
— Teene Zahid (@TeeneZahid) October 15, 2019
People also opined that the move was apparently illogical, considering that Maulana Fazlur Rehman intends to march against the PTI.
Why JUIF candidate in larkana withdraw his nomination papers in favor of PTI candidate against ppp?
Wasn’t long march against PTI ?@HamidMirPAK @marvisirmed @GulBukhari @shazbkhanzdaGEO @asmashirazi
Plz explain the logic behind it??
— hope (@i_agent101) October 15, 2019
Other observers also highlighted how the JUI-F was trying to seek PPP’s support in the Azadi March, while it was opposing its candidates in the Larkana by-polls.
This is a fact, #JUIF supports GDA's candidate in PS-11 Larkana by-poll against #PPP. The same JUIF is trying to seek PPP's support for their Azadi March too.
Nisar Khorro asks Molana to clear his position on it while Rashid somoro believes it's a matter or regional politics 😉 https://t.co/icFs0HzQij
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) October 15, 2019