Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has announced to end the sit-in and expand the Azadi March to all over the country.The JUI-F chief reiterated his demand for resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that the movement will remain continue till the resignation.
“We will leave here now and join those who are blocking roads across the country,” he said. “In some provinces, our supporters have already taken to the roads.” Fazl chanted the slogan ‘Girti Hui Deewaar Ko Ek Dhakka Aur Do’ with Azadi March protesters.
The JUI-F chief called on Pakistanis across the country to take to the streets and protest against the government.
“I call on everyone from Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan to come out on the roads and protest against this government,” he said. Fazl said that no demand less than the resignation of the prime minister and call for fresh elections would be entertained.
He wondered why the economies of other nations across South Asia were advancing and Pakistan, on the other hand, was economically regressing. Azadi March participants have dismantled their tents and started gathering their belongings to leave the H-9 venue in Islamabad.
JUI-F leader Maulana Attaur Rehman, while explaining the “Plan-B” of the party’s Azadi March, has announced that not only major arteries but roads and streets of the country will also be blocked starting 2pm on Thursday. He said that the GT Road between Peshawar and Rawalpindi will be blocked tomorrow. He added that the National Highway in Sindh, the Quetta-Chaman road in Balochistan, the Silk Road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Indus Highway in Punjab have already been blocked.
Rashid Soomro, another leader of the JUI-F, directed party workers to block Hub River road in Karachi by 2pm tomorrow. He directed the workers to provide passage to ambulances during the blockades and not to hold sticks in their hands.
Earlier, the protesters have blocked the Quetta-Chaman Highway for traffic.
JUI-F activists along with Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) have blocked the Quetta-Chaman highway while pursuing the ‘Plan B’ of the Azadi March.Workers from both parties have blocked the Syed Hameed Cross for traffic, causing problems for the passengers.
Provincial JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Wasay said ‘Plan B’ was underway in Balochistan with the highway being closed for traffic. On the other hand, a large contingent of levies forces have reached the spot and are negotiating with the protesters to open the highway.