SWABI - Speakers at a convention here on Tuesday said the religious figures should play their distinguished role to steer the country out of the prevailing crises and new emerging challenges, which have badly crippled the nation economically and harmed it politically.

They were speaking in a convention organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) at Tandkohi. The participants recalled that the religious figures have played a very prominent role in the establishment of the country and their role was critical whenever Pakistan faced crises. They said the main role of ulema was to create unity in the ranks of the masses and educate them about the problems and at the same time inculcate a spirit in the nation that how they could emerge victorious from the complicated scenario. They said that the anti-Pakistan entities always ganged up against our beloved country while hatching conspiracies and weakening it but their nefarious designs always met a dead end. 

Maulana Fazal Ali, former provincial education minister, said that there was a great need for unity in our ranks to foil those who devised plans to weaken Islamabad economically and destabilise it politically. “In the past, we frustrated these designs of malicious elements and once again we brace for giving ignominious defeat to the anti-Pakistan forces and the entities who made well calculated plans to meddle in Pakistan’s internal affairs,” he said. “This is not acceptable to us and we might have some differences but when the question of the country comes we are one.”

Maulana Ibrahim, a distinguished religious leader, said that in addition to the ulema the politicians should shun their differences and give up the blame-game, focusing on the strengthening of the institutions because without strong institutions democracy could not be flourished in the country. This is not the time to point accusing finger at each other. Instead of indulging in blame-game we should join our hands, he said, adding that the leadership of the country should deeply study the entire complicated situation and come out with a result-oriented solution. 

Maulana Hussain Ahmad spoke about the ulema role and their responsibilities in the prevailing situation when both Pakistan and Islam have been targeted by the anti-Islam elements and countries. Other ulema and speakers also called for unity and stressed on both ulema and politicians to join hands and make joint consecutive efforts for progress and prosperity of the country.

Meanwhile, Tribal Areas Electricity Supply Company (TESCO) has asked the consumers in Fata to avoid use of electric heaters, geysers and other high consumptive electric appliances during current winter season.

According to a press release issued here Tuesday, major cause of load management and low voltage problems in Fata is lavish use of electricity by the consumers compelling the company to carry out forced shedding.

All the power transformers installed at various grid stations feeding Fata are overloaded and putting further load on these transformers can cause major power failures, which will increase the miseries of the people and the company manifold.

It was added that smooth power supply can only be ensured in Fata if consumers conserve electricity only for lighting purpose.

Tesco authorities also asked the consumers to install meters and pay electricity bills being our national obligation on account of which they will get rid of low voltage and load management problems.