RAHIM YAR KHAN -  Chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazlur Rehman claimed yesterday that the National Action Plan has appeared to be a ‘discrimination’ against the religious parties while the parties and groups including nationalists involved in conspiracies against the country have escaped unscathed so far.

Addressing “Paigham-e-Islam” conference here at Abbasia sports complex on Thursday, the JUI-F chief said that under the NAP, Madrasas have been put under strict control while the names of ulema and scholars have been added to Fourth Schedule “merely to stop them from working freely.” He demanded the government put those officers’ names in Fourth Schedule who have included ulema’s names into it. The JUI-F chief said that he belongs to Saraiki belt and his party would work hard to end deprivation prevailed among people of the region. “The JUI-F defeated nawabs, landlords and waderas during general elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces,” Mr Fazl pointed out, adding that he and his party is working for the poor class in the country, regretting that despite all negativity, people vote the rich, landlords and capitalists to power. He declared that his party would not allow any un-Islamic work in the country and would work for unity of people at one platform. Dispelling the impression that the JUI-F represents a specific sect, Mr Fazl claimed that people from other sects like Barelvis and Shias had voted the party candidate in elections, adding that people of Punjab should get united for their rights and prosperity of Pakistan. “A great Seerat Conference will be held in Islamabad on December 27, which will be attended by Ulema from sects,” he informed. The JUI-F chief said that he feels proud that the JUI-F has completed 100 years and a grand programme would be arranged to mark the centenary anniversary.

“The JUI-F feels the pain of the entire Ummat-e-Muslim and working for getting united the Muslims,” he claimed.

JUI-F district Ameer Maulana Abdul Rauf Rabbani, Maulana Khalilur Rehman Darkhwasti, Qari Zafar Iqbal, Hafiz Hussain Madni, Amir Farooq Abbasi and other leaders also addressed the conference.