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Maulana Fazlur Rehman denies reports of contesting by-elections

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has denied all reports that he is considering to contest the by-elections.

It was earlier speculated that Maulana Rehman was considering contesting the by-election in NA-35 Bannu in which Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Akram Khan Durrani was defeated by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.

Imran Khan secured 113, 822 and defeated Durrani who secured 106,820 votes, but eventually decided to vacate the seat and keep the NA-95 Mianwali seat instead.

However, Maulana Fazlur Rehman has denied all such reports and has sent his decision to the provincial Majlis-e-Shura of the party clarifying that he will not contest the by-elections.

Maulana Rehman contested the elections as part of the MMA which does not perform as expected. The stalwart was also defeated by PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur in NA-58 Dera Ismail Khan.

He rejected the elections and decried that the elections were rigged and ultimately convened an all-parties conference (APC) to rally the opposition around him.

However, the alliance faltered as the opposition particularly the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) decided to be a part a parliament despite expressing reservations over the conduct of the general elections.

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