CHITRAL: Chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, called for Muslims to unite and foil conspiracies by western countries.
Addressing a gathering at the polo ground here on Sunday, he demanded the government focus on developmental projects and withdraw from the war on terror.
“We had passed a unanimous resolution in Parliament against the reopening of Nato supplies, but the government is taking unilateral decisions and bypassing the resolution,” he said.
He criticised the anti-Islam film, alleging that western countries are openly challenging Muslims by different tactics. Muslims leaders have remained silent to the blasphemy being committed, he said.
Fazl added that his party will not allow anyone to amend the constitution under western pressure. Poverty will only increase if the government keeps on spending so much of the country’s budget on the army and defence, he said.
Religious seminaries are not terrorist centres and are only being targeted by the government because of US pressure, he added.
Fazl criticised the government for not completing the Lowari tunnel on time. The Lowari tunnel and other development plans remain incomplete due to insufficient funds.
JI condemns anti-Islam film
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Munawar Hasan once again spoke against the anti-Islam movie and termed it as a cover of the US to its defeat in Afghanistan.
Addressing a public gathering at the Timergara rest house ground on Sunday, he requested people to protest peacefully as they express their love for the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
The rulers of Islamic countries should expel western ambassadors and shut their embassies in their countries, he said. Hasan demanded the government of Pakistan to withdraw its support from the war on terror.
The JI leader added that US drone strikes are being carried out under an agreement with the Pakistani government and at the cost of the country’s integrity. The Haqqani network belongs to Afghanistan and has nothing to do with Pakistan, he said.
The US should launch an operation against the Haqqanis in Afghanistan rather than putting pressure on Pakistan to start a new offensive in North Waziristan. He also demanded an end to military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2012.