Warning the army against ‘intervening’ in political affairs, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief said on Monday that all ‘power hands’ showing the way to the ballot, will, in turn, be shown their way back to the barracks.
Addressing a rally in Dera Ghazi Khan, Fazlur Rehman said that threats, in the name of the Haqqani network, to the government and the attack on the Salala check posts are outcomes of a ‘one man show’ and secret pacts of the past.
These pacts, he added, have cost the country’s economy $80 billion and killed 35,000 people, and urged that the perpetrators should be held accountable.
Dismissing PTI’s popularity
Regarding the rising popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the JUI-F chief said that the party is “just a paper, which will disappear soon”.
“All those with the illusion of power are joining PTI. They have no conscience and no fixed place as they are nomads,” he said, adding, “Today they are in PTI but tomorrow they will be with any other power giant.”
Talking about the strength of the rally in Karachi on December 25, Fazl said that his party will gather more people in a single procession of a district than PTI gathered from all over the country.
‘JUI-F will be the best govt’
Fazl further said that he supports the demand for a Seraiki province.
He said that the government of JUI-F will be the best government of Pakistan, during which madrassas and mosques will enjoy the respect which they deserve.
He said that the aim of the rally was to eradicate corruption and unemployment from the country. “It’s only our party who has always raised a constructive opposition against the US war, which is against the interests of the people of Pakistan.”
The JUI-F chief led the procession from Multan and then addressed a gathering in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2011.