In the wake of donor pledges for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) social sector, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman accused the provincial administration of turning into a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
“The forces who handed over K-P to children are not aware of the sensitive nature of the province,” claimed Rehman on Sunday at a seminar at the JUI-F Provincial Secretariat.
Lashing out at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government, Rehman stated the government has begun handing over health, education and other important sectors to various NGOs. “It is no longer the provincial government but a provincial NGO,” stated Rehman.
“Certain forces want to neutralise religious sentiments of the people of K-P” claimed the JUI-F chief and blamed the PTI government of pursuing such an agenda.
“We have resisted NGO-backed legislation in parliament before and managed to stop it from materialising for nearly seven years. Even if we are ousted from the parliament, we will contest such legislations in the streets of the country.”
“Pakistan’s Constitution enshrines Islamic teachings in the country, however, what is happening is quite contrary to the Constitution,” claimed Rehman.
The current state setup does not have space to accommodate students who graduate from seminaries, he lamented. “Religious scholars are completely against armed conflict,” said Rehman.
Peace in the region
Discussing law and order in K-P, Rehman said the deterioration will have serious repercussions for security of the entire country.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman went on to add, a framework should be constituted to determine when and how talks with the Taliban will be initiated. Such a framework would take time, but needed to be worked out.
Rehman shared he had been invited by the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karazi to visit the neighbouring country. He expressed hope all stakeholders could sit together and work on positive ways to achieve peace.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2013.