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PPP and JUI-F downplay Fazl's absence from Larkana's event

PPP and JUI-F downplay Fazl's absence from Larkana's event

There is a general perception among opposition parties that, after facing a situation similar to a revolt in Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the head of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has considered it to be better to skip the meeting organized by the PPP of the leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Larkana on Sunday (today) to avoid a similar situation in Sindh.

Although officially both the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the JUI-F are downplaying Maulana's absence from the Larkana rally on the 13th anniversary of the death of former PPP president Benzair Bhutto, the background interviews of the Opposition leaders reveal that the Maulana has decided to abstain from the event after receiving reports that there is a group within the party's Sindh chapter that opposed the idea of ​​JUI-F participating in the public meeting due to local rivalry. between the two parties.

In announcing that a five-member JUI-F delegation under Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will represent the party in Larkana, JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghauri categorically denied media reports that the Maulana was not attending the public meeting due to to some differences with the PPP. .

Speaking with Dawn, he said that the Maulana had not been able to spend time in his hometown Dera Ismail Khan for the past few months and that he had already scheduled some important meetings there as the December 27 event was not on the original plan announced by the PDM. .

Similarly, a key PPP official, on condition of anonymity, said the party did not know exactly why the Maulana had decided to stay away from the PDM meeting despite being the chairman of the 11-party alliance. He said that it was after getting the feeling that the Maulana was thinking of avoiding Larkana's meeting that former President Asif Zardari spoke to the Maulana and extended an invitation. The other leaders, he noted, had been invited by the president of the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

The PPP leader said the party was thinking that the Maulana would not be able to decline Zardari's invitation due to a personal relationship between the two. However, he said, the Maulana's refusal surprised them.

Responding to a question, he said that the Maulana could have told Mr. Zardari the real reason for his decision, but the other party leaders did not know.

Many in the PPP believe that it was perhaps due to a rift within the Sindh chapter of the JUI-F that the Maulana chose not to attend the public meeting, particularly after the recent revolt by some high-ranking members of the Balochistan party and the KP. They recalled that the JUI-F Sindh in general and Larkana in particular had always played the opposition role and had become more hostile after the assassination of the party's main leader, Khalid Soomro, in 2014.

They said that for the past few years, the JUI-F Sindh chapter had been holding protest demonstrations and rallies on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Benzair Bhutto to demand the arrest of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack against Mr. Soomro.

Dr. Khalid Soomro, who was the secretary general of the JUI-F Sindh chapter, was shot while offering Fajr prayers at a mosque adjacent to Madressah Haqqania in the SITE area of ​​Sukkur on November 29, 2014. A full strike in Larkana and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts and neighboring towns and processions were held in protest against the murder.

The police claim to have arrested Mr. Soomro's killers, but the JUI-F alleges that the people arrested were only "hired killers" and that the real culprits had not been identified or arrested so far.

"We are the real opposition to the PPP government inside Sindh and our party has never participated in the function of the anniversary of the death of the late Benazir Bhutto," said a JUI-F leader, who asked not to be cited.

He said that the JUI-F was opposed to the PPP style of government in Sindh and was playing the role of the real opposition in the province. He said that the JUI-F had been part of Larkana Awami Ittehad and it was due to the party's strategy that the PPP lost the seats in its stronghold. He said that the JUI-F and the PPP were together just because of the PDM statement.

The JUI-F leader said that recently, after the anniversary of Mr. Soomro's death in Larkana, the local administration, on the instructions of the deputy commissioner, removed the party flags and banners from the city for which the party presented a strong protest. It was after the JUI-F protest that the deputy commissioner visited the party's office and apologized for the incident.

Speaking with Dawn, PPP Secretary General Nayyar Bokhari said

or that he did not believe that the Maulana did not attend the public meeting due to some "local political problems". He said that the two parties were united on the PDM platform despite having different ideologies for a common and larger cause of eliminating the current "fake government."

He said that the PPP always presented candidates ag

against the JUI-F boss at KP and never provided him with an open field. Similarly, he said, the JUI-F has always contested elections against the PPP in Larkana.

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