The two bitter political arch-rivals, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), on Thursday lastly sat collectively to debate the continued political scenario in the nation and provoke dialogue among the many political forces.
In what’s being seen as an enormous political U-turn, the PTI leaders, together with Asad Qaiser, Ali Muhammad Khan, and Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, approached JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence with the consent of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the permission of the occasion’s core committee to decrease tensions between the 2 sides, particularly, when the PTI chief is in jail and the overall elections are simply across the nook.
Both the PTI and the JUI-F have been at loggerheads with each other for a very long time with Imran and PTI leaders publically calling Maulana Fazl “diesel” however Thursday’s assembly, which was held to supply condolences on the demise of JUIF chief’s mom in-law, was the primary formal contact between the 2 sides after Imran gave a nod to maneuver forward.
“We met Maulana Sahib with the consent of Imran Khan and permission of PTI’s core committee as unnecessary tense situation is neither in our favour nor causing any damage to the other side is; it’s time to sit together and discuss issues,” Barrister Saif shared with The Express Tribune.
Generally, Barrister Saif stated, “Khan has given a nod to meet different political parties and left things up to the core committee to decide further.”
He stated the occasion now felt that political points could possibly be settled peacefully with out resorting to harsh tone towards opponents.
To a query, Barrister Saif stated that neither the PTI nor the JUI-F particularly talked about Imran Khan’s identify in the assembly as issues had been mentioned in normal.
The PTI chief whereas sharing that the 2 sides usually mentioned in regards to the ongoing political scenario stated that the occasions going down after May 9, elections, political scenario in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Palestine points, repatriation of Afghan nationals and relations with Afghanistan got here below dialogue.
He stated the PTI and the JUI-F felt that the problem of repatriation of Afghan nationals ought to be dealt with with utmost care as any rigidity between Pakistan and Afghanistan would damage Ok-P probably the most.
Saif refuted the notion that the 2 sides met to discover the opportunity of forming a brand new political alliance much like the PDM, seat adjustment in the upcoming elections or any technique to work as political allies earlier than or after the polls, saying it’s too early to debate about such issues.
“Not only it’s too early but illogical too to contemplate on these things in the first formal meeting where several other people were also present,” he stated.
To a query about providing Namaz behind Maulana Fazl and that too protecting in the view the feelings that the PTI and its management had for him, Saif quipped: “We only offered Namaz behind a prayer leader.” He added political points had been separate from the optics being mentioned on media.
During the dialogue, he revealed that the PTI leaders lauded Maulana Fazl’s assertion that his opponent’s fingers shouldn’t be tied and all political events ought to have a level-playing area, saying adopting a reconciliatory tone was obligatory to maneuver forward. “Tense situation should be tactfully eased; we don’t want fights when things can be settled politely,” he stated.
Soon after the assembly between the PTI and Maulana Fazl, a flurry of conferences passed off on the latter’s residence as interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti and PML-N’s Khurram Dastgir additionally met the JUI-F chief to supply condolences and focus on the continued political scenario in the nation.
The inside minister whereas speaking to The Express Tribune stated that he had gone to supply condolences and mentioned some safety considerations.
Following the assembly, a press release from the JUI-F acknowledged that Maulana Fazl and Bugti mentioned political points and safety considerations.
Recently, the JUI-F’s political gathering got here below an assault, killing and injuring dozens of occasion employees and leaders.
Thursday’s conferences have come on the heels of Maulana Fazl’s assembly with Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) President Asif Ali Zardari, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and PML-N’s Ishaq Dar, amongst a number of others.
The JUI-F chief is the pinnacle of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and his occasion was a key ally in the PML-N led authorities, which ended in Aug 2023.
Meanwhile, JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghauri shared with The Express Tribune that the most important improvement of the day was that the PTI had come to satisfy Maulana Fazl, saying it was an effort to construct up relations between the JUI-F and the PTI.
He emphasised that the assembly’s function was to supply condolence however political dialogue additionally passed off, saying: “What do politicians do when they meet up – they discuss politics.”
PTI Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan was additionally approached for feedback however he was busy in a gathering.