'We will make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state':JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Published: January 27, 2012
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KARACHI: Chairman Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Friday that the JUI-F would sweep elections if only the establishment stops interfering.

Addressing the “Islam Zindabad” rally in Karachi Fazlur Rehman responded to a popular criticism that his party never won many votes in elections, said that if establishment stops influencing elections, they would win.

The JUI-F chief continued to target the establishment saying Pakistan was made as an Islamic and welfare state, however, the security establishment had transformed it into a security state.

He also answered criticism from some quarters that the JUI-F wanted sharia by force. “It is said that we want the enforcement of sharia at gun point,” he said adding this was false.

Yet, today, Rehman said, 60 per cent of the budget was dedicated to defence where on the other hand people were dying from starvation.

He said that the people in the west were protesting at the Wall Street are fed up of their capitalistic banking system and are demanding for “an Islamic banking system,” and that this was part of the overall downfall of the west.

Referring to the War on Terror said the US and its allied forces were losing in Afghanistan and their economic system was crashing, which has prompted their poor citizens to protest against their rulers and their policies.

Advocating the Islamic system as the best, he said the only solution to make Pakistan stable, was to allocate resources for welfare of the people.

“Nation should support people who have links with the poor section of the society,” he said, adding that his party, if brought into power would We should strengthen the economic system by getting people working at the lower level involved in the decision making process.

He said that the country needs to be strengthened, especially its economic system by getting people working at the lower level involved in the decision making process.

The JUI-F chief said Pakistan was made in the name of Islam however the nation was never blessed with it.

Earlier, the Lal Masjid’s deputy prayer leader Maulana Amir Siddiq alleged on Friday that “some politicians” used the Lal Masjid  crisis to get votes and come to power.

Speaking at the “Islam Zindabad” conference organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Karachi, Siddiq appreciated JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s efforts to resolve the issue during the operation against Lal Masjid.

Covertly criticising Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Siddiqi said that Pakistan is not in need of a “tsunami” but needs to “unite under the name of Islam’s last prophet in order to install an Islamic system in Pakistan.”

“People with luxurious lifestyle cannot bring an Islamic revolution,” he added.

Rally preparation

JUI-F claims to have set up 70,000 chairs at the Shahra-e-Quaideen venue, with a separate sitting area for party elders.

The party volunteers are responsible for guarding the gate and entrance and exit points. Apart from JUI-F own volunteers, there are 1,000 police officers deployed for security purposes.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Khuldun
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:34PM

    A big NO to Mullahs and their distorted interpretations of Islam!

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Which version of Islam Maulana sahib? Yours or the Maulanas sitting next to you?

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:48PM

    “JUI-F claims to have set up 70,000 chairs at the Shahra-e-Quaideen venue, with a separate sitting area for party elders.”

    Why the separate sitting areas for Party Elders? They don’t like sitting with common people?

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  • PARDESI
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:58PM

    I rather not have this man bring any sort of revolution in Pakistan which will only hurt the Pakistanis irrespective of their beliefs. In the name of revolution he will only bring misery to people who do not have the same mindset as him, and what this man will do to the minorities one can only assume. If he wishes to bring Islamic revolution he should start to preaching peace and harmony instead of hate and discremination.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:58PM

    He’s right. Burger boys think they can bring revolution sitting in A/c rooms.

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  • Jeevan
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Dear, Maulana Amir Siddiq
    How about we start with you and offer you a shack in the slumps of Karachi? Luxury is a gift from Allah to those who work hard and are fair. Wealth is not bad if used properly. If your comments refer to Pakistani politicans then definately ill agree but don’t judge citizens whom you have no idea of. If your a true follower of Islam, you would know that judging without seeing is Haram in Islam.
    When will Pakistan ever learn religion and politics don’t belong together?

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  • Jan 27, 2012 - 7:03PM

    SO Imran Khan and Fazal-Ur-Rehman can’t bring change

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  • M Ali Khan
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:10PM

    and people who exploit Islam for their own greed for power and control cannot be considered “islamic revolutionaries”

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  • MAD
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:12PM

    SoMaulana fazlur Rehman lives a very simple life.

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  • Realist.
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:12PM

    a small modification.

    People with luxurious lifestyles cannot bring *ANY* revolution’

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  • Kamran Paracha
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Oh no, I cannot bring any revolution, that too Islamic thanks to the money god has blessed me with!

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  • HRK
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:21PM

    @Akhtar: And how exactly do you see mullahs escaping in burqaas during the Lal Masjid incident bring about a revolution?

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  • Atif
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:30PM

    I don’t get it…the JUI leaders themselves lead luxurious lifestyles…what kind of revolution do they promise when they can’t even feel secure sitting among their own people? and as for mr. Akhtar..Yehi “burger boys” iss mulk main inqalaab laaney main ahem kirdaar kar rahain hain..What have you done? burnt a few tires..blocked roads..shehr ka nizaam aur shehriyon ke mushkilaat main mazeed izaafa paida karna, so that you can come on the front page of a newspaper? Revolution can be brought about without violence mr. Aktar and believe me you will witness it, inshAllah.

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  • Falcon
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Out to get naive citizens again. Personal wealth has nothing to do with governance capability as long as you are not abusing the state resources. Micheal Bloomberg remains one of the best mayors of New York to date despite being a business tycoon himself and taking $1 as pay!

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  • Mj
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @Realist.:
    I beg to differ. America and Pakistan’s founding fathers were quite wealthy ( not to mention intellectual behemoths, in case of America).

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Only poor can bring the Islamic revolution by not following family planning norms . They will create poor generations to bring the said revolution by educating them in maderssas .
    Thouse days have gone when a mullah can motivate a society to follow shariya . A day will come in near future when these mullah will be punished as per Shariya for hurting the interest of the nation in the future globalized world .Recommend

  • Straight Fire
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Taliban will rip apart the secular … so be it

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  • A
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:56PM

    How many people have attended? any figures so far?Recommend

  • Red Alert
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:58PM

    it was a big show..even bigger than IK’s concert which only proves one thing that it’s not the public gathering which bring about the change or so-called revolution but it’s the number in the ballot box.

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  • fj
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:19PM

    It is not about jalsas.. it is about impact.
    PTI has created an impact in every level of society

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  • Shahid
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:31PM

    People do not want Islamic revolution.We have seen what sufferings it has brought to Iran and Afghanistan. Why are we so obcessed about religion ??/ Have you ever herad of some one talking about Budhist,Hindu .Christian, Jew or any other religios revolutin. The only way to success is bring Educational revolution and work for the economic uplift of common people through science and technology.

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:35PM

    So, its a response to Jalsa politics of other parties. JUI has proved that bringing people in Jalsa does not necessarily mean capabbility to bring change. JUI has been able to organise a similar and even bigger procession as compared with PTI despite a shorter time as compared with PTI and without creating media hype. BTW, role of electronic media is shameful as very little coverage is being given to this event as compared with PTI and PML-N.

    In democracy a Mullah and an Athiest have equal votes. Iqbal rightly said,” Jamhoriat main bandon ko gina jata hai; tola nahin jata”Recommend

  • Abrar R
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:35PM

    “Islam Zindabad” .. I mean with this title u can summon ten times more people easily. Infact with this sort of a brand name, Wahab sb gathers 10-15 lacs in Raiwind each year.

    JUI-F can boast about the gathering once it does such a jalsa using its political inflcuence and not cashing on Islamic sentiment.

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  • A
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:47PM

    I think there are many madarassa students in the jalsa and many have come from interior sindh.

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  • ullo
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:52PM

    Maulana Amir Siddiq Sahab, It is the same IK and his vision which led to the creation of a Cancer Hospital and a University in Pakistan. Can you kindly point out what have you done for the people so far? Imagine, If every (wana be) politicial could follow suit and create a hospital and a university for the people…..Recommend

  • Noran danish
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Oh u what type of islam u want to impose shia sunni wahabi or brelvi? Kindly forgive muslims. As its clear that every one of u want to be mufti the man who eats free of charge. Now seems the time of mula came to be in burqa for everRecommend

  • Yellow
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:22PM

    how dare he criticizes PTI !? The tsunami cannot be stopped now Recommend

  • Noise
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:23PM

    I’ve seen Fazlur Rehman’s house in DI Khan. Its big. Hes like the Chaudhry of his district.

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  • jk
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:25PM

    I am so happy for fazlur rehman sb he has done a good jalsa in karachi
    so let us all gift him a pair of jeans.

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  • Umm E Zaineb
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Islam Zindabad! Great jalsa.

    JUI is the last hope for Pakistan,to live this dream once and for all. If Islam is not the answer, what is? Only JUI can bring correct implementation of Islam, authentic Islam in our nation. May Allah make them successful.

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  • Jan 27, 2012 - 10:05PM

    This nation require green revolution, white revolution, education revolution, human rights revolution, women lib revolution, technical revolution, innovation revolution, clean revolution, energy revolution BUT NOT J.U.I. REVOLUTION which if succeeds wipe out all good things in this country.

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  • Rahman
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Nations without “Islam” also progressed, financially and morally. It is not a religion but good governance that leads to progress a nation. Therefore, even Quran said that whenever you get authority, do justice. Once every one does justice to their duties honestly, everything will be okay.
    Your ‘authentic’ Islam is a fake Islam for me and my ‘authentic’ Islam is a fake one for you. Intellectually, we could not decide it from last 1400 years. Now we have only two solution, either we fight it out and get rid of the followers of ‘fake’ Islam or keep the differences aside and work together for common goods. A common good has no religious boundaries; it could be among good people of any religion or sects.

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  • Sirajuddin
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:19PM

    I think that only true islam give the solution of all problems,islam of sahaba (r.a) so we should try for islamic state and i hope that the jamat of ulama wil do it.

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  • Realist.
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Man this is funny, if you look at jalsas all of them are almost equal in Size!
    JuD at minar-e-Pakistan gathered EQUAL crowd as PTI , now JUI gathered equal or more than what PTI gathered!
    In short PTI Pwned by two religious parties!

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  • faraz
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Mullahs who exploit sectarian differences in the society to get some votes can’t bring revolution

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  • Falcon
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:09PM

    LMAO on this one…”He said that the people in the west were protesting at the Wall Street are fed up of their capitalistic banking system and are demanding for “an Islamic banking system,”…

    I have all the respect for the Islamic banking system but let’s not fool the people by exaggerating its popularity…in fact many US states are campaigning against Islamic financing

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  • Shafiq Ur Rehman Yusufzai
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:48PM

    The Foundation of this country was on ” Pakistan Ka Mtlb Kia Laelaha Elallah” the core reason of all our problem is our 180 degree deviation from our basis, F we want a prosperious and stable pakistan, then there is no other option with us except to follow the golden principals of ISLAM and ISLAMIC Economic system, however this is very unfortunate with us that we do claim that we are muslims but at the same time dont want islamic system in our beloved country, we need a country where —–bl jebar awr bel raza —–wala qanoon raejh ho, otherwise ISLAM is the BEST for all of us. Its not the religion of moulana or any other 1, its ours——–!! The FUNDAMENTALIST of KARACHI today conveyed a very LOUD and clear message 2 the world that if the future of this country is associated with ISLAM Inshaullah

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  • Shah G
    Jan 28, 2012 - 12:21AM

    credit to maulana ….. after so many corruption full years, yet able to pull larger crowd then imran khan…..
    n that too without a concert…. neutrally speaking credit…. we ll now see imran khan n maulana unite,……
    just for the sake of old masters brits ;D

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  • Anwar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Maulana Sahib, like a many of his friends in MQM and Q-League, enjoys being in government. In the recent past he ruled KPK for a full 5 year term. And then he was part of the coalition in the center for another two years. He wants that time back but knows very well he needs the support of parties like JI in this pursuit. The show in Karachi is nothing but to demonstrate some muscle for bargaining when he sorts out final terms with his potential allies before the elections. They did and will definitely do nothing for the masses or Islam when in power . Islam has and will remain zinda without the support of cons like him.

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  • Nabeel
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:18AM

    Not a proper coverage by electronic media…it was a very large crowd!

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:21AM

    no mullahs please!!!

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  • SM
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Maulana Diesel … the only thing you will do is try and make commission on diesel.

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  • khalid mahmood
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:03AM

    @Khuldun:
    you are too far from these mullah.come and see how they are.you will definetly change your views.

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  • sa
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:05AM

    I have a feeling that Jui f jalsa may go in the favor of pti
    certain liberals who were against Ik may instead start supporting him.

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  • Irfan ullah Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:38AM

    What ever the reason anyhow it was a big rally…Recommend

  • soomro
    Jan 28, 2012 - 12:27PM

    @DevilHunterX:
    these chairs for all common personsRecommend

  • Qasim
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:12PM

    This guy is a distorted presentation of Islam. To learn about how politics is integral to Islam read literature of Hizb ut Tahrir (their own literature- not through the mouths of liars who want to conceal the truth).

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  • shahid
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:19PM

    @Shafiq Ur Rehman Yusufzai:
    How can you say that ? Quideazam had accepted cabinet mission plan and had Nehru kept silent India and Pakistan would still be one country. The majority of Muslims today want religion only limited to their personal affairs and nothing to do with the state or government affairs. people will not tolerate any thing by force. Recommend

  • Noran danish
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:31AM

    @jeevan @every1 in talk this is a best platform to study islam in governing context.
    1 at departure from mecca ataab bin us’said named as collector of zakat that was left as people were unable to find needy or poor arab knows that zakat means the culture comes as septic. On demand of people of mecca. Ataab means punishment from god become their guide to how to send resting zakat to other parts of mecca. This is what was introduced by the holy prophet may peace be upon. About whom no nulla talks.
    2 every faction is of the claim that there is a hadith about dozens of factions in muslim. How come such words could be used in this context as holy prophet may peace be upon was rehmatul el alemin, such info is directly refusal of holy book and huzoor way peace be upon been wishing well even for enemys, how this could be a forecast info or wish could be? Hadith is a topic that shia sunni and rest of the faction have their own hadiths. Suprisingly the hadiths been forwarded from folks from bukhara baghdad demishk rome and iran etc. Mostly fabricated.
    3 pakistan was made for muslims not for islam or any other religion. Neither parsi made fiqa nor church made shariat muslim code of life is holy book. May god bless us and send nulla to their howe if they have oneRecommend

  • Jan 29, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Religious parties have nothing to offer except these kind of slogans i.e Islami nizam sharia etc.
    The day people ( a very few who support these ppl ) realized that Pakistan’s problem is not Shria or their version of Islami Nizam, there will be ZERO vote for these kind of people.

    BTW MMA was in majority in NWFP back in Musharrafs era, why they did not impose Islami Nizam.

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  • K.M.K
    Jan 29, 2012 - 6:37PM

    He is the visionary leader of Pakistani soil.Congrate on such big rally.Well done JUI sind

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  • JR
    Feb 1, 2012 - 12:39AM

    @Falcon:
    Kindly see this link: http://peacebk.blogspot.com/2011/10/only-perfect-economic-system.html
    You will come to know which system is now needed in this world. All systems crashed on their own rules and Islamic system never crashed but only due to some black sheeps in them.
    Islam is only the way and JUI-F can do this better, insha’ALLAH.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Maulana Sb has been exploiting religion for the past so many years…yet never won in majority…nor cud form any govt.With so many years in politics & tagging along with coalition partners, he cud not bring change in the life of the people till TODAY…suddenly he remembers that Islam always favored ” welfare State “…Maulana Sb…STOP fooling poor people….pls.Remember, Allah swt will ask you ” what good u hv done for yr people ? “…prepare for an answer instead of giving ” lectures “.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Seems like he wants to cash in on Imran Khan’s slogan

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