PESHAWAR – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that conspiracies are being hatched against the democracy and early polls are not an expensive deal to save the democracy in the prevailing circumstances.

Addressing a Dastar Bandi (a religious gathering at a seminary) here on Saturday, Fazl said, “what if early general elections are held in the country. It will certainly help strengthen the democracy and democratic institutions in the country.

“If general polls in the country are announced early, it would be better for the democracy to flourish,” he said. Certain hidden hands, he alleged, were out to derail existing democratic set up. “Let us foil these conspiracies together,” he added.

“In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa all the decisions were being taken by the Corps Commander, and no active role of the Governor and Chief Minister is seen in any decision or using administrative powers,” he said. Fazl said peace could never be restored by force and military operation was no solution to any dispute. He said situation was moving towards personal clash, and in such circumstances the judiciary should remain impartial instead of becoming a party.

Maulana, though welcomed the appointment of renowned jurist Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as new chief election commissioner, but he was of the view that Ebrahim in this part of age would not be able to appropriately understand the complications of existing election system. “Fakhruddin is an honourable person,” he added.  About the restoration of halted Nato supplies, he said opening of these supply routes could not halt the US drone strikes because those who could stop attacks had given permission to do so, he blamed.

In reply to a query, JUI-F chief said if the powerful establishment didn’t harm his party, nobody could harm them, he challenged. He also condemned sectarianism in the country and alleged that secret agencies were supporting and promoting these groups for their personal gains. In Malakand division and Swat, he maintained that security forces were still there and all the decisions were being taken by the military establishment instead of civil administration.

“Hidden hands are active to destabilise and deteriorate law and order situation in the country,” he added. He said nobody knew what would happen in the coming days.

Fazl also strongly condemned the obscenity and vulgarity at the US consulate. He added that vulgarity was being promoted in the name of independence.

“We will raise voice against it,” he remarked.