MULTAN - Chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the poor are being exploited by the ruling class for the last 65 years but the JUI has come into ground to protect the interests and rights of all Pakistanis.

Talking to journalists here and addressing a public meeting the other day, he added that the JUI had not come out to grab lands and loot national wealth rather it was in action to demolish the rule of illegal occupants of Pakistan.

He alleged that state institutions were used for sectarian and lingual riots in the country as Pakistanis were divided into Balochi, Pashtoon, Sindhi, Punjabi, Sunni, Shia, Deobandi, Barelwi and Mohajirs. 

Referring to the situation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said that undeclared martial law was imposed in the province. He added that both the federal and provincial governments completely failed. He maintained that the rulers failed to provide bread and butter to the poor masses, asking them to admit their failure and quit their offices.

He asked the hidden powers to give up their desires to bring their handpicked persons to the parliament and power. "Who on earth are you to decide this in presence of masses and democracy in the country," he added. He said that the subcontinent was peaceful when the leadership of Muslims was in hand of clerics but it became highly violent when barristers took over the reign. "The Muslim of subcontinent was divided into Pakistani, Bengali and Indian," he added.

He said that a strong consensus existed among clerics of all schools of thought that Islamic system could not be brought at gunpoint. He lamented that the recommendations made by Islamic Ideology Council were pending for the last 10 years but the rulers did not bring them before the parliament.