Opposition to hold Azadi March rally today as caravans entered Islamabad

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Opposition to hold Azadi March rally today as caravans entered Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Opposition political parties to hold Azadi March rally in Islamabad today after Friday prayers as Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), reached Islamabad on Thursday night to challenge the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Dubbed the ‘Azadi’ March, the caravan, which set off from the Sindh province, left Punjab’s city Lahore on Wednesday and culminated its journey last night in Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad.
Earlier, the ruling and the opposition parties reached an agreement to let the anti-government march progress as planned, as long as they protesters do not cross the sensitive “red zone” in Islamabad.
Azadi March of JUI-F entered Islamabad on 5th day of its start where local leadership of PML-N and PPP welcomed the marchers.
The march travelling from Hyderabad, Matiari, Nawabshah, Noshehroferoz and Khairpur reached Sukkur for night stay. On Monday morning the march started its journey for Multan via Ghotki, Rahim Yar Khan and Uch Sharif.
On Tuesday the marchers moved towards Lahore via Khanewal, Mian Channu, Chicha Watnai, Sahiwal, Okara and Patoki. Passing night in Lahore the marchers moved towards their final destination in federal capital via Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jehlum and Gujar Khan.
JUI-F leadership remained in the container where consultations were being made.
Earlier, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman rejected the news regarding postponement of Azadi March and said all caravans are on their way to federal capital.
Talking to media, he said the protest against government includes a public rally and a sit in. He said all convoys of Azadi March would reach their destination as per plan.
He further said that there would be addresses after the marchers reach their final destination.
After Maulana Fazal senior leader of JUI-F Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri while addressing a press conference firmly rejected the news that rally has been postponed. He said containers cannot stop us from marching towards Islamabad.
Haidri said some routes are close and clashes may happen. He said they would not object if government closes routes from Zero Point to D-Chowk.

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