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Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman calls nationwide strike following police raid on parliament lounges

Jamiat Ulema Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has announced a countrywide strike following a police raid on parliament lounges on Thursday evening.

He made the announcement during a media talk as he reached the parliament lounges to court his arrest after police manhandled lawmakers resisting their bid to take out the members of Ansar ul Islam, a JUI wing.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the Ansar ul Islam volunteers were deployed at the parliament lounges to ensure the security of the parliamentarians during the no-confidence motion proceedings.

Fazl said he had no confidence in the police which were under government control.


Islamabad police conducted an operation inside the Parliament Lodges upon the command of the director-general of police (operations) to clear the premises from Ansar-ul-Islam workers— a uniformed volunteer force of the JUI.

Protesting against the arrest of its two lawmakers and members from parliament lodges, JUI-F members have been organizing protests, blocking the main roads in Sindh’s different parts.

In Karachi, JUI-F members have blocked Super Highway.

JUI-F workers block roads in various cities of Sindh, including  Sukkur and Jacobabad, on the call of their chief Fazlur Rehman.

As being reported, the Islamabad police arrested more than a dozen Ansar-ul-Islam workers. Police took 30 minutes to clear the area of Ansar ul Islam as they made their way towards the lodge of Ansar-ul-Islam MNA — Salahuddin Ayubi — which was situated on the fourth floor of the building.

The police reportedly detained five JUI-F volunteers, including Senator Kamran Murtaza and MNAs Jamaluddin and Salahuddin Ayubi.


According to the government source, 50 persons entered the parliament lounges on just 10 entry passes.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said in a statement that police tried to resolve the matter through talks but they did not obey the orders. And the police action was taken after a five-hour dialogue. 

The Inspector-General Islamabad has suspended three police officials deployed on D-Chowk after Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F)’s volunteer force Ansaarul Islam entered and camped inside the Parliament lodges

While JUI claimed that MNA Salahuddin Ayubi was taken into custody,  Islamabad police said that MNAs Salahuddin Ayubi and Jamaluddin were sitting in the room of SHO in the Aabpara police station. 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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