Fazlur Rehman considers PTI government ‘a sham’


PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday called the newly-sworn Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government “a sham” and demanded resignation from the chief election commissioner over alleged rigging in polls.

Speaking to a press conference in Peshawar, the JUI-F leader said that all political parties had reservations over rigging in the elections.

“Parties have not accepted the result of the polls. There is still time for the election commission to accept its failure and the chief election commissioner to tender his resignation,” Rehman said.

The JUI-F leader added that Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of Islamist, far-right political parties, will soon begin campaigning to raise public awareness on the issue. “The present government is a sham, the prime minister and the chief ministers are a sham,” Rehman told the media.

Fazlur Rahman condemned the PTI government for being unable to defend the country. “The present government does not have diplomatic manners. The government has been handed over to the ineligible lot. The country needs to be saved now. We are ready to sacrifice everything for national freedom,” he said.

Talking about the recently held presidential election, he revealed that the opposition parties were ready to oppose PTI, however, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) refused to vote for Shehbaz Sharif. “We were unable to understand the PPP’s move,” he noted.