The statement on a PAS letterhead and signed by its president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang gave an "ultimatum" to party members not to protest "something that is not a must (ma’aruf)."
Hadi's political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar responded swiftly to the statement saying "the statement purpotedly issued on the name of the PAS president (regarding showing solidarity in the case of Anwar) is fake, not at all true."
In the fake statement, Hadi said "it was merely the personal view of a handful of PAS leaders, not the official stance of the party.
“PAS has never called on or invited any of its members to take part in the said demonstration that we view as something that is not a must (ma’aruf).
“PAS is confident and believes the justice system in sentencing criminals and the action in participating the demonstration is not the party’s official stance,” it said.
The Federal Court will deliver the much-awaited verdict against Anwar's conviction and five-year jail sentence for sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari seven years ago on Tuesday.