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

JUI-F chief says if establishment stops influencing elections, they would win the next election.

Web Desk/saba Imtiaz January 27, 2012

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.


Ali S | 12 years ago | Reply

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

Ishrat Salim | 12 years ago | Reply 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 ".
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