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Fazl takes on campaign despite least chances

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, despite failing to win the support Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to give a surprise in the September 4 Presidential polls, has continued his campaign for presidential race.

The JUI-F president, who is also chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal – an alliance of the religious parties which has virtually ended – on Wednesday arrived in Karachi where he met with leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA).

The JUIF Chief first visited Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi, chief of the Functional and chief of the Grand Democratic Alliance to seek its support in the Presidential elections.

Pagara, whose group is partner in the PTI’s central government, has already announced to support the PTI’s Presidential candidate, Dr Arif Alvi, who few days earlier visited Kingri house for seeking support.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman will call on Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other MQM leaders at their head office in Bahadurabad.

He was accompanied by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal secretary Information and Chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) Noroani Group.

The JUI-F chief has been fielded by the grand alliance of opposition parties except Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the presidential election.

Earlier on Monday, Maulana Fazl met PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and sought cooperation for the presidential election. But a PPP meeting held with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in chair refused to support. A JUIF leader on the condition of anonymity told The Frontier Post, Zardari had already excused due to pressure on him due to money laundering case.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi, PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan and Maulana Fazl have submitted their nomination papers for the presidential election to be held on September 4.

On Wednesday, the election commission of Pakistan accepted the nomination papers of all three candidates. With divided opposition, the PTI’s Arif Alvi is highly likely to win the presidential race.

 

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