ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Friday discussed the overall political situation with particular reference to Senate elections scheduled for today.

Sources said though the JUI-F and the PML-N were not engaged in any kind of alliance for the Senate elections, both the parties could help each other in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The JUI-F would also extend support to the PML-N candidates contesting elections from the federal capital.

The matter of Senate elections from FATA and the post-Senate elections scenario also came under discussion as the PML-N would be seeking the support of the JUI-F for getting the Senate chairman’s slot.

The sources said that PM Abbasi also discussed with the Maulana the names for the caretaker prime minister and sought his input in this regard.

Later, talking to the media at the Parliament House, the JUI-F chief said that they could enter into some sort of alliance with the PML-N in the next general election.

To a question, he said that though the PML-N new interim president and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was not taking a hostile position against institutions, the narrative of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would prevail and the new party chief will have to toe his line.

Answering a question about his meeting with the prime minister, he said that he discussed with premier the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects in KP and Balochistan and the Chashma lift canal project and provision of water to northern district of KP.

Rehman said that Nawaz Sharif has successfully convinced his voters that he was subjected to victimization and his ouster from power was not on the basis of a fair trial and justice. At least he has made his voters believe so, he said.

To another question, the Maulana said that the National Accountability Bureau has been distorted into an arm-twisting tool and to malign political opponents.

Rehman criticized PTI chief Imran Khan and termed him ‘an agent of Jews’, who, according to him, was to ‘damage the very fabric of Islamic values in the country’.



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