TAKHT BHAI – Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has vowed to defend the religious institutions, warning of an open war if any one tries to impose foreign ideology in the name of sympathy with Malala Yousufzai. Addressing a big public meeting held in the memory of prominent religious and spiritual leader Maulana Muhammad Ahmad at Shergarh on Sunday, Faz said they condemned the attack on Malala, but attacks on seminary students must also be condemned. He said innocent children who are acquiring religious education were being killed through drone attacks. He was of the view that it was not the issue of a girl fighting for education, but, on the pretext of this incident, an attempt was being made to promote western culture in the country, which his party would not allow. The JUI-F chief said carrying of arms was the identity of Pakhtoons, but those carrying arms were being treated as terrorists today. He said Islam did not spread with the power of the gun and his party was opposed to those who wanted to enforce Islam through the use of bullets. He said today’s big gathering was a testimony that the followers of Islam were prepared to lay down their lives for their religion.Fazl also criticised Jamaat-e-Islami and said its status as a political party had taken the shape of an NGO. He said after the boycott of elections, the party took part in by-elections and its candidates faced shameful defeats. Fazl said he did not want enforcement of Islamic laws in the country at gunpoint, but those who were imposing anti-Islam laws were criminals.He claimed the nation would see a pleasant change in the next general elections. It was JUI-F which barred the government from passing resolutions of its choice in the parliament. He pointed out that his party was ready to enter into an electoral alliance on the basis of its principles. He alleged Pakistan’s economy was being controlled by the World Bank and the IMF. He said the Supreme Court verdict, asking the Balochistan government to step down was ‘undemocratic’, saying there would be no compromise on democracy. “The SC decision is not understandable and the judiciary should refrain from announcing such verdicts as it was the right of the people to elect or reject anyone,” he remarked. “This decision should be left to the people of Balochistan. We will not compromise on democracy. Law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi is also not satisfactory,” he maintained.Commenting upon the CEC’s meeting, he said JUI-F would reject any decision to delay the upcoming elections. “We will not support delay in the general elections,” he added.About the dual nationality issue, Fazl said JUI-F would not favour any new amendment in the dual nationality law. “We will strongly oppose it,” he said, adding the decision would be the same even if President Asif Ali Zardari contacts us in this regard. Speaking about restoration of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Fazl said an MMA meeting would be called in the second week of January. “Five religio-political parties will decide on holding a meeting with the Jammat-e-Islami (JI) leadership,” he added.Answering a question about consultations for a caretaker setup, he said the JUI-F had not been contacted by the government side in this regard as yet.To a question about the Lahore High Court’s decision on Kalabagh Dam, he said a technical issue had been made a political matter. The decision would not prove beneficial for the project. To another question, he said the JUI-F General Council would meet in February to chalk out further strategy.