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Thursday, December 16, 2010

JUI-F to sit on opposition benches in joint sitting of parliament: Ghafoor > Haideri

ISLAMABAD, Dec 16 : Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Secretary General Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on Thursday announced that JUI-F would sit on opposition benches in the joint session of the Parliament convened by President on Dec 18 and JUI-F and made it clear that his party will not rejoin the coalition government.

Talking to media persons Abdul Ghafoor said that government had appreciated when JUI-F's minister informed the court about corruption in Hajj scam which was not against democratic norms, adding that sacking of minister without consulting the party leadership paved the way for JUI-F to leave the treasury benches.

He informed that JUI-F will submit an application to the Speaker National Assembly to get their seats allotted in the opposition benches and after address of the Chinese Premier to the joint session of the parliament the JUI-F will play role of opposition in the parliament.

Ghafoor vowed that JUI-F has taken the decision of parting ways the government after proper home work and consultation and will stick to its stance. JUI-F's Secretary General said that hasty and emotional decisions were not made in democracy, adding "we will continue to respect from the core of our heart to all the political leaders and parties".

Former Federal Minister Maulana Attaur Rehman and Rehmatullah Kakar of JUI-F, both resigned in protest against the sacking of Azam Swati, have returned their official vehicles, staff and vacated their offices as well.Maulana Attaur Rehman while talking to INP said that JUI-F's decision of quitting the treasury benches was unchangeable and vowed to oppose RGST in
the National Assembly.

On the other hand, JUI is learnt to have is considering to part ways from the provincial governments both in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.Sources said that JUI ministers from GB and Balochistan met with Maulana Fazl ur Rehman and deliberated upon the political development emerged after JUI-F quitted the government in the center.

"Maulana asked his party's ministers to remain stand by to quit anytime," sources added.

Reliable sources revealed that government has contacted JUI-F leadership and convincing it to rejoining the coalition government by alluring with offering lucrative posts along with withdrawal of the notification regarding sacking of Azam Swati but all attempts on part of the government proved to be a futile exercise.

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