NATO supply lines will not be restored: JUI-F

Published: May 24, 2012

Maulana Fazlur Rahman contends move will be against national interest. PHOTO: INP/FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Asserting that Nato supply routes will not be restored, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief has said that rumours regarding any such move are completely “baseless”.

While talking at a party jirga on Wednesday, Maulana Fazlur Rahman stated that the joint resolution of parliament and recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) have redefined Pakistan’s stance with respect to the US.

“Any secret deals conducted in the past are now null and void. Any department or ministry cannot bypass these new principles now,” he said.

“Nato supply routes will not be restored as it is detrimental to the national interest of Pakistan and can lead to civil war in the country.

“The US is well aware of the economic problems of Pakistan. The country is also facing constitutional crises after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s conviction. And now the US wants to pressurise Pakistan through the Chicago conference. Our leaders should show maturity in dealing with such situations.”

Meanwhile, he also criticised the provincial government and said that the Awami National Party (ANP) has approved a resolution calling for including Fata in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), but “this is against the wishes of the people”.

He pledged to invite tribal elders to discuss the situation further and recommended the provincial government to take them into confidence before taking any major decisions.

Condemning the violence in Karachi, the JUI-F leader said it seems that “the leaders are not serious about dealing with the crises”.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2012.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Iram
    May 24, 2012 - 10:12AM

    he just wishes to increase his price.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    May 24, 2012 - 10:45AM

    That’s a very powerful statement Maulana. You have not met any Americans recently?? As you keep changing stances, how long will you hold on to this one????

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  • Hunter Punter
    May 24, 2012 - 11:11AM

    As per wikileaks, he pleaded with US ambassador to make him PM!!

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  • ROFLCOPTER
    May 24, 2012 - 1:33PM

    And Pakistan’s gonna win next Football World cup!

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  • feroze
    May 24, 2012 - 1:43PM

    He should start stocking up on grass because thats what we will be eating once we go broke! Are these guys for real??

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  • May 24, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @Billoo Bhaya:
    As long as he can wear Diesel jeans.

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  • Imran Con
    May 24, 2012 - 2:07PM

    The only definite thing about using definitive language on this topic is that you’ll look like a fool. Speaking of possibilities leaves room for mistake without anything negative attached. Also it’s like he’s oblivious to the actual circumstances. Ignoring history doesn’t help, either. US/NATO just has the patience of a saint. When that patience runs out, Pakistan will cave on almost everything and the few things they don’t will simply be done by someone else, ignoring the complaints.

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  • Hunter Punter
    May 24, 2012 - 5:14PM

    @Imran Con: Chicago conference exposed to the world, that pakistan is negotiating the right price in US Dollars. So much for national honour and anger. It was just negotiating the right price.

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