JUI-F chief slams govt's aim to amend blasphemy law

Published: December 26, 2010

The party chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, also criticsed the role of Salman Taseer with regard to the blasphemy law. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that the government should reconsider its policy regarding the United States (US) and amending the blasphemy law, stating that it was against the wishes of the people.

Speaking at a gathering in Peshawar, he said that the government wanted to change the blasphemy law as a favor to the US. Fazl also criticised the role of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer in the blasphemy law case, saying it was a sensitive issue and the JUI-F would not allow him to support his agenda.

He also criticised the military operation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and said that it was against the resolutions passed in parliament.

The JUI-F had recently pulled out from the federal alliance after Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s orders to sack Senator Azam Swati, the wealthiest member of the JUI-F. Swati was embroiled in a public war of words with Religious Minister Hamid Kazmi, who is faced with allegations of corruption in Hajj arrangements. Kazmi was also sacked along with Swati.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Muhammad Naeem
    Dec 26, 2010 - 9:49PM

    Molana Sb. is now speaking against Government after facing disgrace. Why did he not speak when he was a partner in Government.Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Dec 26, 2010 - 10:20PM

    MY question is that why our media and news papers are giving so much importance to this Mullah-Cum-Politician !!??

    What good these mullah-politicians have done for Pakistan or for Islam?, These mullahs are disgrace for Pakistan and essentially they are enemies of Islam. They have distorted the face of Islam and divided Muslims into different sect. Muslims are now killing Muslims because of these mullahs. Recommend

  • Yusaf Khan
    Dec 26, 2010 - 11:58PM

    Maulana no one is going to believe your sudden about face. We all know that you are making this fuss only to get the religious affairs ministry. Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 2:09AM

    He’s just sad :(Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 5:55AM

    Maullana Sahib starts and ends with the US, regardless whatever the issue is.Recommend

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