MULTAN: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Tuesday that religious seminaries had no link with terrorism.
Rehman was speaking to a delegation of party officials from Dera Ghazi Khan in Dera Ismail Khan on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. He said government and law enforcement agencies had been maligning religious seminaries to please their masters in the West. Rehman said the nation was passing through a critical juncture. To secure Pakistan, he said those affiliated with religious seminaries should collectively strive to foil the designs of the nation’s enemies.
Rehman said the United States of America and Israel were the chief adversaries of the nation. He said they wanted to destabilise Pakistan. Rehman said the JUI-F was the only party in the nation that did not have a militant wing.
He said those who had introduced extremism in politics stood exposed. Rehman said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had strong links with Israel. He said a few political parties also had links with India. Rehman said terrorism in the nation could be traced back to Israeli and Indian agents.
The JUI-F chief said the enemies of Islam were the enemies of Pakistan. He said the Sharif brothers had been maligning religious seminaries in a bid to appease their masters in the West. Rehman said there efforts would be in vain.
He said the Wafaqul Madaris, the JUI-F and other religious parties were the saviours of the Constitution. Rehman said all political parties regarded the Constitution as being supreme. He said traitors affiliated with either secular or religious parties would be meted out a severe punishment.
The JUI-F chief said party activists should brace for the forthcoming local government elections. He said they should spread the message of the party across every household. Rehman said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government had broken all records of electoral malpractice in by-polls in the province. He said the proponents of decentralisation had used it as a ploy to vest power in the hands of their friends and relatives.
Rehman said an Eid milan party would be held on August 5 in Dera Ghazi Khan. He said he would use the opportunity to interact with party workers. Rehman praised the efforts of party activists who strived to arrange such gatherings.
The delegation was led by JUI-F Dera Ghazi Khan amir Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir. Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Gurmani, Maulana Muhammad Ramazan, Qari Allah Wasaya Raheemi, Qari Lal Hussain Akhtar, Master Manzoor Ahmad, Maulana Abdul Majeed Qaiserani and Qari Sameeullah Qureshi were also present on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2015.