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Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the head of JUI-F, opposes an alliance with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

ISLAMABAD: Citing irreconcilable differences between the two parties, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), flatly rejected the idea of establishing an alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), headed by Imran Khan, according to ARY News.
In a private news channel interview, Maulana Fazlur Rehman emphasized the intricacy of the differences by drawing a comparison to “mountains.”

“They, the PTI leaders, have also preceded us. We have always respected them,” Fazlur Rehman said, lamenting the development of a culture in which two parties’ meetings were immediately referred to as “alliances,” as ARY News reported.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman acknowledged having recently spoken with a team from the PTI, but she made it clear that these exchanges did not automatically suggest a partnership.
The JUI-F leader emphasized that in their prior interactions, the party has continuously shown respect for PTI leaders.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman spoke about the JUI-F’s concerns over the outcome of the general election, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that during the talks with the PTI team, the party steadfastly stuck to its positions. By saying, “We are firm on our stance; they are firm on their stance,” he effectively ruled out the prospect of a coalition.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman questioned whether the results of the general elections on February 8 should be accepted given the many abnormalities that tarnished the outcomes. Citing PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, various parties in Balochistan, PPP in Sindh, and PML-N in Punjab, he said that the rights of various political parties had been hijacked in various regions.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman extended an offer to political groups connected to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to join the opposition benches with JUI-F instead of establishing a government, stressing the need to maintain their political identity.
A PTI team had already met with Maulana Fazlur Rehman to express worries regarding’massive rigging’ in the recently held General Elections 2024. Both party representatives had serious concerns over the election results’ openness.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F and Barrister Saif of PTI agreed that the polls lacked transparency. They agreed to use this mutual understanding to determine the next steps.

Although there are still significant political divides between JUI-F and PTI, there may be room for reconciliation given their shared concerns over purported election tampering and anomalies.
After meeting with the party’s founder in jail, Asad Qaiser said that he has been tasked with interacting with a number of political organizations, such as JUI-F, ANP, Aftab Sherpao, and others.
According to ARY News, PTI founder and former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has ruled out any discussions for the establishment of a coalition government or opposition with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

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