KARACHI: Amid curbs in other three provinces, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is set to launch its ‘Azadi March’ on Sunday (tomorrow) from Karachi, where the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government appears friendlier since it “offers” the opposition party and its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman all “possible assistance” throughout its journey in the province, it emerged on Friday.
Senior JUI-F leaders have been busy finalising arrangements, which largely include hiring of buses and other vehicles. A senior party member said that the number of buses had already crossed 400.
The campaign would kick off with a rally on the Superhighway (M9), which the JUI-F chief would address to show solidarity with the people of India-held Kashmir.
“Our Azadi March will begin from Karachi and it will be led by Maulana Sahib himself,” senior JUI-F leader and key organiser of the march Qari Mohammad Usman said. “There will be a rally on Superhighway in the first half of the day to show solidarity with the people of held Kashmir. It will be addressed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman and then the caravan will hit the road for its final destination [Islamabad].”
“We are making all-out arrangements on our own through our own resources and we don’t need support in that particular area. The PPP and the provincial government, however, are supporting our cause and facilitating [us] in all administrative issues,” he said.
Unlike three other provincial governments, PPP-led Sindh govt has been facilitating the right-wing party in its march
He said the arrangements in Karachi had almost been finalised and “hundreds of vehicles carrying thousands of people” were likely to be part of the ‘Azadi March’. As the caravan would move forward, the people from other parts of the province would join it, he added.