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JUI-F announces to ‘quit’ government coalition

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ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Friday announced to withdraw from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government at the Centre over differences on the policy issues.  A JUI-F spokesperson said the party had reservations over the policy issues undertaken during the past four months. “It is difficult for the JUI-F to stay in the government until the deadlock on the policy matters is not eliminated,” Jan Achakzai said, explaining that the ruling PML-N had not taken the JUI-F into confidence over the Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, Taliban talks and National Security Policy. 
Also, the two JUI-F members of the federal cabinet, who had taken oath in January this year, tendered their resignations. 
Achakzai scoffed at JUI-F’s need for any portfolios, saying holding of ministries was not a priority of his party, nor was it power hungry. He asserted that the government had never considered the JUI-F an ally. 
Another JUI-F leader, Maulana Amjad Khan, said his party strongly opposed the Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, as it was opposed to Shariah. It would never make through the Senate, he warned. 
Political analysts however believe JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman had been demanding allocation of ministries to two ministers, but so far the government had been avoiding it. They said now that the Protection of Pakistan bill was to come in the Senate, Rehman wanted to capitalise on it. They say he would try to get maximum benefit from his party’s position in the Upper House, and would ultimately agree to return to the government after meeting with the prime minister and getting his demands accepted.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed meanwhile said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on a foreign tour and would meet Rehman upon his return. 

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