Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman lauds Zardari India visit

Published: April 8, 2012

'We should realize that war is not the solution of any problem and instead should be resolved through politics, mutual respect.'

FAISALABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has expressed full support for President Asif Ali Zardari’s diplomatic move for strengthening relations with India, terming it as the  right decision in the right direction.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, he said that the “environment at the international level has altogether changed and disputes have to be resolved through dialogue, keeping in view, the economic interests as well as the prevailing international scenario.”

Rehman also welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s gesture of accepting the invitation to visit Pakistan, adding that, “the time had come that we should realize that war is not the solution of any problem and instead should be resolved through politics, mutual respect, being flexible and accommodating of each other’s point of view but not at the cost of national interest.”

Talking about his party boycotting the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) proceedings, the JUI-F chief said his party had boycotted the Friday’s meeting to register their protest against the intrusion of some NGOs while discussion over the domestic violence bill was under way.

“We have boycotted due to the intervention of some NGOs in the parliamentary meeting which was uncalled for.”

However he lauded Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) decision to rejoin the PCNS proceedings.

Earlier on Friday, dozens of civil society activists reached the Parliament House and chanted slogans against the JUI-F chief. Some of them tried to enter the committee room where discussions over the domestic violence bill were under way.

Commenting further on the decision of blocking NATO supply routes, he termed it as a “popular decision” that had made the people of Pakistan very happy, adding that the government now intended to reverse the decision and putting its credibility at stake as a result.

“Now the government intends to undo this decision and resume NATO supply, which would be backed by the parliament which would make the the parliament loose its credibility in the eyes of the people. In such situation, we would not allow the government to use the parliament for an unpopular decision”

Rehman said that reopening of NATO supply routes may create anarchy in Pakistan and result in a “massive reaction from the public”.

“We should decide once and for all the main issues facing the country and resolve them, with consensus, in the larger national interest.”

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Reader Comments (24)

  • huzaifa
    Apr 8, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Dear Mr Fazal ur rehman! very upset being out of power, supports DPC under hand, support Taliban under hand, boycott’s PCNS meetings, has been mouth piece for struggle of Kashmiries now lauds efforts to have peace full relations with India. There are alot of contradictions in his stand but still he is the most succesful Right wing leader of Pakistan????????Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 8, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Now I am thinking positive after Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman stand behind the President and giving full support to him to go ahead and solve the pending issues with India.

    I am confident that when Mr. Manmohan Singh will visit Pakistan, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman will also be able to meet him to extend his support to resolve the pending issues.

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  • Hassan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 10:45PM

    This is refreshing to hear! I hope he stands by his words.

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  • Apr 8, 2012 - 10:51PM

    Molana i stand with u, i f u really oppose the resumption of supplies

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  • irshad
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Maulana is trying to get fame by such statements.I will never trust him as he is the biggest munafiq.He signed the statement of PCNS and now opposing.Inside they all are same.I know Maulana much better becuase i lived in D I Khan.He defame Islam more than anyone else on this earth in present age.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Never ever trust this extrimist , motivated by religion and self-interest only politician. Tomorrow morning he may call for Jihad against infidel India and USA.e

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  • Hafeez
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:56PM

    This guy is one of the most seasoned right-wing politicians of Pakistan. I really support his stand on dialogue with India.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:16AM

    Unlike Imran Khan who does not utter a single word on important issues, Maulana atleast gives his view point.

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  • elementary
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Most cunning, opportunistic and “far sighted” of the right wing politicians. machiavelli nods his head in approval at his every move.

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  • Mandeep Vaid
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Maulana can accompany Dr. Manmohan Singh to Nankana Sahib, just needs to grow his mustache!

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  • Mirza
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:49AM

    Mualana Fazal just earned himself an offical visit to India! Perhaps a free Hajj trip also. He really knows how to play the religious and political cards both.

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  • Hadi Ansari
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:06AM

    For once he is talking sense.I and many others thought he was an opportunist religious leader.Perhaps he has now realised that politics is a serious business and that you can
    change friend but not neighbours.

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  • Usman Ahmad
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:35AM

    @huazifa
    agree to everything you say except one…Fazl never supported arm militancy in Kashmir.

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:45AM

    This is excellent move – two sides of the military strategy, one represented by Saeed Hafiz, other by Fazalurrahman. Great job. :)

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  • Ahmed Baksh
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Diesel Diesel Diesel !!!!!

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  • Abdul Maalik
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:23AM

    Fazlur rehman is able to play his multi-dimensional roles only due to the simpliticity and ignorance of his followers who are mainly madrasa students.These students still find the picture of Mufti Mehmood in his son (Fazlur Rehman).
    @Ch Allah Dad
    Imran Khan’s stance has been consistent on war on terror over the last 10 years.However, Noon League does have no policy on this most important issue for which NATO supply is one part of it.Mr.Ishaq Dar and Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan (both are senior leaders of Noon League) signed the recommendations of parliamentary committee related to NATO supply but now Ch Nisar is opposing it just to get some political benefits.Can you deny these facts?

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  • jahandad
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:30AM

    Molana,, hope your well wishes are listened with kind and respect from Indian side,,,WHO ARE AFTER EVERY PAKISTANI WITH BEARD,,,,,Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:55AM

    @ Abdul Maalik, I do accept that there are few flaws in my favourit party.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:57AM

    The words of a used car salesmen has more credibility than any mullah. Mullah diesel, deceit won’t work.

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  • MarkH
    Apr 9, 2012 - 5:11AM

    Even things like winning a lottery and world peace sound terrible when it’s coming out of his mouth.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:07AM

    Isn’t he the one who just two days ago said that the domestic violence bill is not right for Pakistan, because it is a copy of Indian bill?!!!

    Chameleons!!! I wonder if the color of that turban keeps changing equally frequently.

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  • anybodyagree
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:11AM

    chameleon . . .????

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  • Thoughtful
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:54AM

    Does this mean Fazl has not abandoned the PCNS .
    . He left parliament because of violence against women being too good to give up.Recommend

  • Apr 9, 2012 - 9:49AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Imran Khan, when in India, expresses clearly about his views on Kashmir and other problems. Imran said that all bilateral issues should be solved by diolouge. Right now he is busy at Abbotabad rally plus membership drive. If any newsreporter ask he might answer it.

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