The government has finally decided to allow the JUI-F to conduct their ‘Azadi march’ towards Islamabad. The decision came after the government formed a negotiations party to meet with the JUI-F leadership to discuss their issues. The government has said that it respects the people’s democratic right to protest and express their opinion. The government officials have said that they would allow the march to continue as long as it remains peaceful and does not negatively affect the daily lives of the people.
The security forces have placed containers all over the route of the march and can block the passage of the marchers, whenever ordered to do so. The police in the capital have issued riot gear to the officers and have prepared blockades to stop the protestors from reaching the red zone of the capital.
On Wednesday, the Defense Minister Pervez Khattak and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, who are both a part of the government’s negotiation team contacted Akram Khan Durrani and Maulana Fazalur Rehman, respectively. The two parties agreed to meet on Friday 25th of October 2019 at Durrani’s residence in Islamabad. Earlier, the PPP had objected to the talks and the JUI-F Chief had called off the meetings and has said that the meetings would now be subject to the permission of the opposition’s combined negotiations committee, named the ‘Rehbar Committee.’ JUI-F leader said that the negotiations with the government are subject to the upcoming ‘Azadi march’ on October 31st, 2019.