ISLAMABAD - Unveiling the party’s manifesto with special focus on law and order, economy, education, health, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday appealed to the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to refrain from attacking political parties’ leaders currently engaged in election campaigns.

“It is my appeal not to the TTP that it should not attack political parties of the country currently engaged in election campaign,” said Maulana Fazlur Rehman, responding to a question in a press conference where he unveiled his 13 points agenda.

Confident to be part of next government in any reference, Maulana said the JUI-F was fielding 600 candidates across the country. He said, “No government can be formed or run without us.”

To a question about rumours about boycott of May 11 elections by MQM or ANP, the JUI-F chief dispelled the impression, saying that these parties would not boycott the upcoming elections.

“If any party boycott the upcoming elections it means the very party has joined the lobby, which is striving to postpone elections. About MQM and ANP I don’t think so they are in a mood to boycott elections,” he added.

About 13 points manifesto, which is more or less unveiled by party’s central leader Ghafor Haideri a couple of days before in a press conference in Quetta, Maulana said efforts would be made for enforcement of the UN resolution on Kashmir. “Both India and Pakistan have to take concrete steps to resolve Kashmir issue as disappointment is taking new shape in the region,” he added.

About Fata, he said peace and security would be established in Fata through jirgas.

He said these jirgas would be encouraged to bring peace in Fata and their experience will be used in other parts of country. “After 12 years we have reached on conclusion that we have to resolve the problem of Afghanistan through peaceful means. Fata status will be decided according to the wishes of locals,” he added. About foreign policy, he said that the  ‘war on terror’ had led to increase in terrorist activities in the country and therefore, the country’s foreign policy would be formulated in the best   national interests.

He further stress that that Afghan reconciliation would be supported but Afghan Taliban’s right to be part of the reconciliation process would be acknowledged to ensure peace in Afghanistan.

JUI-F chief said that they considered women rights equal to men. “Violence and harassment of women are against Islam and will be dealt with according to the law of the land. Family values will be protected through education and persuasions. Efforts will be made for direct election of women to assemblies,” he added.

About Balochistan, he said parliament would find ways to make Baloch people real stakeholders in mega projects like Gwadar, Rekodeq and gas pipeline and any final agreement would be made binding on all stakeholders.

Criticising the wrong policies of rulers, he said semi-independent boards under parliamentary oversight would be established to run the ailing corporations like Pakistan Steel, Pakistan Railways, Wapda etc. “Inter-banking rate will be attractive to encourage overseas Pakistanis to send remittance through normal banking channels rather than Hundi system,” he added.

Maulana said serious efforts would be made for legislation by parliament in line with the recommendations of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for the country’s economic, political and social betterment in accordance with the cherished principles of Islam.

He said renowned economic experts from Pakistan and abroad would be engaged to draft present policy options on burgeoning debt burden within six months.

The JUI-F chief said that new provinces would be established in the country only after all stakeholders reach consensus and it would not for point scoring,” he added.