PESHAWAR - JUI-F chief Fazal Rehman has said his party will not accept any closed door decision on changing Fata’s status, without sharing his party’s exact stance on the proposed 22nd amendment in the constitution.

“Time has come to treat tribesmen like that of other countrymen. Give them due rights and make decision on Fata's future status as per their wishes,” he said on Sunday.

"Let tribal people decide what they want. Tribesmen should be taken into confidence before imposing any decision regarding Fata's future status," he told Mufti Mehmood Conference organised by his party's Peshawar chapter.

Fazal Rehman said that government should first send back the displaced families to their homes in tribal areas and then take any decision about the future of Fata.

Stressing the need of a unanimous decision, he said if establishment has decided to change Fata's present status, there should be no differences within tribal people and various tribes on this issue.

He said his party will not accept any closed door decision, because “we are aware that some elements are once again trying to play with the sentiments of tribal people in the name of changing Fata's status”. Changing present status of Fata is a serious step, so, it must be taken seriously, he added.

Prominent among others who addressed the conference were Raza Rabbani, Qaumi Watan Party's head Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Awami National Party's Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pir Sabir Shah of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-e-Islami's Liaqat Balooch.

Probably referring to the steps being taken under National Action Plan against terrorism and extremism, Fazal Rehman said that madaris and mosques were under threat. Such ‘nefarious’ designs would be foiled if all religions forces get united against such conspiracies, he added, without specifying what designs he was actually talking about.

He said that Mufti Mehmood had played a vital role in 1973 Constitution and Nizam-e-Mustafa Movement. The JUI chief endorsed the idea of Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani to initiate the doctrine of intra-dialogues among the state institutions.

In his speech, Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani called upon religious parties to play their due role in eliminating sectarian violence, religious extremism and militancy in the country.

He said that democracy and democratic institutions might be at danger if the state institutions could not recognise the constitutional power of each other. He said that they had taken the lead to invite Chief Justice of Pakistan to the Upper House of parliament to promote harmony among the state institutions respect their constitutional mandate. In past the dictatorial forces had created mistrust among the state organisations and political parties, Rabbani added.

Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said that like late Mufti Mehmood the present leadership of JUI-F and other religious scholars should utilise their energies for a peaceful, stable and democratic Pakistan.

ANP's Ghulam Ahmad Bilour asked the JUI-F leadership to clarify its stand on the future status of Fata and support the proposed Bill in the Parliament regarding merger of tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said Mufti Mehmood had set examples of honesty and simplicity as chief executive of the province and played a dynamic role in the formation of 1973 Constitution.

Speaking on the occasion, Jamaat-e-Islami's Liaqat Balooch said that the religious parties would not let anyone impose Western agenda or turn the “Islamic Pakistan” into a secular and liberal state. Fazl Rehman should take the lead in uniting religious forces under one platform to fight the agenda of foreign elements, he added.

PML-N Provincial President Pir Sabir Shah while paying glowing tributes to Mufti Mehmood said that politicians and parliamentarians should follow late KP CM who set examples of honesty, fairness and simplicity while in power.