Fazlur Rehman, Mohsin Dawar Trade Barbs During PDM Meeting
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar exchanged hot words during a PDM meeting last night.
During a discussion about the FATA merger, Maulana Fazlur Rehman reportedly said that it was a “western agenda”. Reacting to this, Dawar said that controversial issues must not be discussed on the platform of PDM, and that the merger took place in accordance with the wishes of the people of the tribal region. Dawar also expressed resentment over exclusion of the initial demand of ‘Truth Commission’ from PDM’s charter.
Fazlur Rehman responded that he was the only person who had stood against the military operation in FATA and FATA merger, but Dawar was standing behind the narrative of the establishment.
Fazlur Rehman also said that even though his MNA was not allowed to hold a rally in Miranshah, PTM held it without any hindrance from state institutions. Dawar in the reply said that First Information Reports (FIR) were registered against many members of PTM. Moreover masharan (Tribal Leaders) were stopped by the authorities at many places.
Fazlur Rehman raised question about the participation of Dawar in PDM meetings and said that it was the meeting of party leaders so Dawar’s party leader should have participated in the meeting. Dawar said that he was taking part in the meetings independently. He added that he had come to represent his war torn people.
It was also reported that Fazlur Rehman said that Dawar should not bother to attend the meeting next time.