In a notable political maneuver, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, a senior figure of the JUI-F party, has claimed the right to the presidential role for his party. This claim is rooted in JUI-F's rich historical legacy of supporting prime ministers and presidents in Pakistan. Haideri also specifically backed Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a prominent figure in the party, as deserving of the presidential title.
Concerns Over Election Delays
Haideri's assertiveness is not limited to the presidential aspirations of his party. He also voiced concerns about the delayed announcement of the election schedule. According to Haideri, such postponements cast a shadow of suspicion, and he emphasized the need for free and fair elections without any external interference.
Political Structure and Coalition Governments
Reflecting on the political framework of the country, Haideri suggested that national governments often show signs of weakness. He argued for the efficacy of decision-making in coalition governments, typically comprising two or three parties. Haideri, in his capacity as the chairman of a committee responsible for negotiating seat adjustments, divulged his engagements with other political outfits like the Pakistan People's Party and the PML-N, especially in the context of the upcoming elections in Balochistan.
Criticism of Former Army Chief
Haideri didn't mince words while criticizing the former Chief of Army Staff General (retired) Qamar Bajwa. He accused General Bajwa of misusing his authority to ensure the PTI's victory in the 2018 General Elections, only to pull back support when the PTI founder struggled with governance.
Support for the 18th Constitutional Amendment
Further, Haideri expressed his party's staunch opposition to any alterations to the 18th constitutional amendment. He believes this amendment significantly benefits the federating units of Pakistan, underscoring the JUI-F's commitment to political fairness and decentralization of power.