Maulana Fazlur Rahman Announces Million March to Protest Declining Parliament Role

Maulana Fazlur Rahman, JUI-F chief, announces a million march in Muzaffargarh on June 1, 2024, to protest Parliament's decreasing importance and political instability. Rahman criticizes the current political situation, citing election rigging rumors and advocating for institutional reforms.

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Maulana Fazlur Rahman Announces Million March to Protest Declining Parliament Role

Maulana Fazlur Rahman Announces Million March to Protest Declining Parliament Role

Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (JUI-F), has announced a million march to be held in Muzaffargarh on June 1, 2024. The march aims to protest the decreasing importance of Parliament and political instability in Pakistan.

Why this matters: The protest highlights the growing concerns about the erosion of democratic institutions in Pakistan, which could have far-reaching implications for the country's political stability and governance. If left unchecked, this trend could embolden authoritarian forces and undermine the rule of law in the country.

In a conversation with the media at Jamia Ubaidia Faisalabad, Maulana Fazlur Rahman expressed his concerns, stating, "We have lost the importance of Parliament." As the former president of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), he emphasized that JUI-F has been running a movement to address these issues.

Rahman criticized the current political situation, saying, "We [JUI-F] also have reservations regarding May 9 riots but if this situation [political instability] persists, the system will be completely destroyed." He also highlighted the disproportionate distribution of constitutional positions to the People's Party, despite not being part of the ruling government, which he perceives as 'minority rule'.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman also touched on the topic of election rigging, saying, "There are rumors that the establishment is responsible for rigging." He warned that if the current situation continues, "the system will be destroyed." Additionally, he expressed reservations regarding May 9, although the exact nature of these reservations was not specified.

Rahman urged politicians to reflect on the controversies surrounding elections and advocated for institutional reforms, criticizing the Election Commission for its inaction. This announcement marks a significant development in Pakistan's political landscape, with JUI-F's million march set to take place in just a few weeks' time.

Key Takeaways

  • Maulana Fazlur Rahman announces JUI-F's million march on June 1, 2024, in Muzaffargarh.
  • The march aims to protest Parliament's decreasing importance and political instability in Pakistan.
  • Rahman criticizes the current political situation, citing "minority rule" and election rigging concerns.
  • He urges politicians to reflect on election controversies and advocates for institutional reforms.
  • The march highlights growing concerns about democratic institution erosion in Pakistan.