Foreign policy: JUI-F ends panel’s boycott – conditionally

Published: April 12, 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari meeting with JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: Though not unconditionally, the Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam has called off its boycott of a parliamentary panel tasked to reconfigure the country’s foreign policy.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) is currently reviewing its own recommendations after they were rejected by opposition parties in a joint sitting of Parliament.

“I will go to the committee on Thursday – but only to explain what we want and why we oppose using Parliament for reopening Nato supply routes,” Maulana Fazlur Rehman told a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday evening.

The JUI-F chief made the announcement following a series of meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari, PCNS Chairperson Senator Raza Rabbani and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman.

At Senator Rabbani’s request, the Maulana has agreed to attend the panel’s meeting on Thursday, said officials from the JUI-F. But, they added, this would not mean the party supported the possible reopening of the Nato supply routes by the government.

“We will give a dissenting note,” said a top leader of JUI-F after the Maulana’s meeting with President Zardari.

The JUI-F, which cashes in on popular anti-American sentiments, has been adamantly opposing the reopening of Nato supply routes because it does not want to alienate its right-wing vote-bank, especially at a time when parliamentary election is just around the corner.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Shaheer Malik
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:25AM

    Certainly condition will be more dollers

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  • Anjchn
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:03AM

    Blood suckers

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  • Sonya
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:10AM

    People with low ethics and tolerance must not be given the option to decide about the fate of Pakistan. Munter’s meeting with Fazlu showing miracles in favor of USA.Recommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:25AM

    Everyone knows on what conditon Maulana will be agreed and our dear president is master is fulfilling the demands of Maulana sb.

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  • Hamda imam
    Apr 12, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Thanks god for the gift of a chance to see the ulema e karam and elama e azaam in for coming elections on a point or more. And they fails to unite they will naturally fall. Both the results are optimist we wish them to unite or a big circus. As polls are free of the suppression of their patrons..
    Which way they will have to run if they are flying solo? Lucky pakistan that either we will have a balanced relation with rest of the world or pakistan will be behind walked bounderies if the win. Nation promis to gift their vote in majority if there is a platform from jui f to sunni tehrik including tt ss and lj etc. Or in 1st phase they will beat each other and the left share will of of masses to beat them.
    Welcom molvi or bye bye molvi ? Its your own open choice. We will celeb a great day of respectful pakistan on the 14 august 2013. Molvi full or molvi free pakistan. With a view that molvi is enemy of human when they are enemy of themselves and nationRecommend

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