Rising of ‘extremist’
parties like JUI-F, TLP
will harm Pakistan; Fawad


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Tuesday lashed out at major opposition political parties for criticizing Prime Minister Imran Khan, just for the sake of increasing their falling popularity.

“The leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People Party, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Isalm (Fazal) is nothing more than pygmies of politics and their criticism against Prime Minister Imran Khan is just an attempt to increase their stature,” he said in a post-cabinet briefing.

Talking about the JUI-F, he said that the party had ruined the education and finance sectors in KP in 2002. “It is unfortunate that, due to our mistakes, such a political party has been noticed [by the people],” he said.

He said that the rise of “religious extremist parties” such as the TLP and JUI-F would ultimately harm the country.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The minister said that the PML-N and the PPP no longer had any standing in the political arena, reiterating that the PTI was the only national party. Pakistan will be affected if the PTI faces setbacks and such “political dwarfs” get the chance to step into the limelight, he said, adding that PTI leaders needed to strengthen party chief Imran Khan. “Without Imran Khan, politics in Pakistan will scatter into pieces.”

Briefing media about the decisions taken by federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the minister said, return of those, who were against women’s rights and support violence in the name of religion, to the power was not encouraging for any society.

What else could be expected if three to four persons from one party contested elections in the same constituency, he said adding “Ultimately, it would result into defeat in elections.”

“Due to administrative problems, we suffered some set back in the local body elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Chaudhry Fawad maintained, adding the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was the only national party in the country.

He said parties like JUI could not be substitute of the PTI, whereas PML-N and PPP had no place in national politics. “Imran Khan is the leader of the federation, it is important for the leadership and workers of PTI to put aside their differences and strengthen Imran Khan’, Chaudhry Fawad remarked.

Without Imran Khan, Pakistan’s politics would disintegrate, he added. The minister opined that it would be unfortunate for the country if Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s party came into the power. He said Maryam Nawaz had the habit of committing political blunders and even today she did not disappoint her detractors.

Disappointment was reflected in Asif Ali Zardari’s speech as well, he said adding only those could speak in that way whose wishes could not be fulfilled.

Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the rise of “religious extremist” political parties such as the recently unbanned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam would ultimately harm the country, adding that the ruling PTI was the only “national party” in the country.

The minister expressed these views while speaking to the media after a meeting of the federal cabinet, where he said that the recently concluded local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not come under discussion.

Fawad was speaking to media a day after the PTI faced a major upset in the first phase of KP local body polls, while the JUI-F bagged the highest number of mayor/chairman seats. “Today was a meeting of a the federal cabinet, not a meeting of the PTI’s core committee. We will talk about this at a meeting for the core committee,” he said when asked about his concerns over the results of the polls.

When the reporters continued to probe him, the minister said that the reason for the ruling party’s failure in the polls was clear. “When three to four candidates from the same party contest the polls in the same constituency, then they will [inevitably] lose the election. This is what happened in most of the areas,” he said, adding that the party’s MNAs and MPAs were also not happy.

“Each constituency needs to be managed, and we lost most of the contests due to these management issues,” he said.