Fazl urges political parties to end dependence on establishment for electoral success

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday called for an end to the political mindset that depending on the establishment was necessary for electoral success.

Fazl made the remarks during a press conference in Multan when he was asked about the potential of his movement’s success against the government when he did not have the support of the establishment.

“I think we need to end this mentality,” he responded.

“This mind[set] needs to end that can we not wage a movement without the establishment’s willingness? Will our every poll and its result come out with their blessing? We have to fight a war against this [mentality].”

The JUI-F chief said that in a democratic system, the Constitution was superior to all and the institutions were bound by it. “The establishment cannot be both servant and master,” he said.

Fazl warned that unless citizens rose up and protected the sanctity of their vote, then “we are headed towards slavery”. “We cannot accept a single entity being our master or our politicians not defending the Constitution. It is unacceptable.”

The JUI-F chief said that his party had so far held three successful rallies. “The response was favourable,” he said, adding that another rally was scheduled in Muzaffargarh in June.

“We are spreading our message to the world and we will not compromise,” he said.

Fazl reiterated his demand for fresh elections and for the government to step down.

“Our demands are for a free election distanced from the army. No agency will have anything to do with the elections. Their involvement has tainted the elections to the point you can’t call them elections,” he claimed.