Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday announced to call off his party’s plans to block roads and highways across the country.
He made the announcement in an audio message after the Islamabad police released the arrested lawmakers and workers of the party.
Fazal said that Islamabad police violated the sanctity of parliament, ransacked Parliament Lodges and beat and dragged lawmakers and guests.
He said that the government also tried to hide its “heinous action” by telling continuous lies.
While congratulating his workers on the release of the party workers, he said that since all arrested lawmakers and workers have been released, hence there was no need to take to the streets after Friday prayers.
He, however, asked his workers to offer prayers of ‘Nawafil’ as their mission has succeeded and the arrested party men have been released.
Earlier, the Islamabad police stormed the Parliament lodges and arrested JUI-F MNAs Salahuddin Ayubi and Maulana Jamaluddin and 17 others.
The police raided the Parliament Lodges on a tip-off that members of Ansarul Islam— a volunteer force of JUI-F—entered the lodges in large numbers.
JUI-F activists and supporters started taking to the streets across the country and blocked several roads to protest against the arrest of its MNA’s and the use of force against members of Ansarul Islam.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman ‘declaring war’ had urged his supporters to protest against the use of force and bring the country to a standstill.
Speaking to the media following the police operation, the JUI-F chief had said that the move to raid the parliament and arrest MNAs was unconstitutional.
He had urged activists and supporters to come out on the streets and protest against the government.