DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman advised the government to not give importance of PTI’s announcement of long march and dharna as similar marches and meetings have been held in the past.
The JUI-F leader said to the media on Friday, “the need is to seek who was behind this protest march,” adding that it was astonishing to protest in the name of rigging in four constituencies.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman questioned Imran Khan’s farsighted vision and said that he does not know when to raise a particular issue. Without elaborating, the Maulana said that staging a long march for rigging was ridiculous.
“We will have to see the motives behind the PTI’s protest,” he said. He was of the opinion that hidden powers backed Imran to keep the government and democracy under check and it would be appropriate that these issues were resolved through courts.
He said that PTI’s government was formed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to rigging and was of the view that pressurising the institutions and courts was all part of a conspiracy to derail the system. The JUI-F chief said that Imran does not have the ability to run affairs of the country. To a question, he said that the federal and Punjab government were providing resources to the internally displaced persons (IDPs). He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had failed to extend help to the IDPs and that the KP government was doing nothing.
He said that an issue of law and order was created to tell the government to face difficulties if it did not follow the given line.
Regarding the operation Zarb-e-Azb in NWA, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that it was not appropriate as it gave strength to the viewpoint of those who talk of dismemberment of the country and that the bloodletting on those borders for past 30 years should come to an end.
He said that the IDPs of South Waziristan were yet not resettled while 600,000 residents of Swat were still homeless and spoke of the destruction in Tirah that the same was expected in North Waziristan. He said that Pakistan is following a Western agenda to create hype in order to receive coalition fund, otherwise problems could be resolved within a couple of days.
The maulana spoke about the independent election commission that the political parties have always supported it and that his party was in favour of maximum autonomy to the election commission. However, who would guarantee that agencies would not interfere in the task, he said, adding that the army is a national institution and it should enjoy respect in the eyes of everyone.
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