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JUI-F chief changes plan, will march to Islamabad on October 31


ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday announced that his party’s anti-government ‘Azadi March’ will converge in Islamabad on October 31.

Speaking to reporters, he said the party will observe October 27 as a black day across the country in solidarity with the Kashmiri’s and protest against the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The JUI-F chief said that the march will start on October 27, but it will take three to four days for workers from far-off areas to arrive in the federal capital.

He said the change of plans was because the party wanted to express solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris observe Black Day on October 27 to mark the landing of Indian troops in Srinagar in 1947.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the participants of Azadi March from across the country will gather near Tarnol before entering Islamabad on October 31. 

Last Thursday, the JUI-F announced that his party had decided to hold the anti-government march in Islamabad on Oct 27, ignoring calls of other opposition parties to delay the proposed long march.

Meanwhile, the JUI-F has sought permission to hold Azadi March at D-Chowk Islamabad on October 27, and has written a letter to Chief Commissioner Islamabad.

According to the letter, the JUI-F will be holding the march on October 27 while exercising its democratic and constitutional right under Article 16 and 17 against the government.

The letter said the march will be led by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and attended by senior party leadership and a large gathering of party workers and supporters.

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