PESHAWAR - Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday that Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would not let the secular forces to come into power in future, as such forces had last time taken the advantage of non-existence of MMA in 2013 elections.

“The secular elements are working to impose their agenda in the country and the religious forces will stop their way,” he said this while addressing the Khatm-e-Nabuwat Conference.

He maintained that in future, the MMA will play a leading role in country’s politics as well as in the upcoming general elections.

Without mentioning any name, Fazl said that some secular forces had taken advantage of the non-existence of MMA and came to power in the aftermath of 2013 elections. But in future, the MMA, an alliance of religious parties, would not give them a chance to come into power.

He alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was introduced in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to jeopardize Pakhtun’s culture and their loves for Islam, which was the best option for the secular forces to bring them into power in KP.

The western forces were supporting a specific party to change the culture of the country; he said and vowed they would stop the ways of such forces.

About FATA, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that certain political parties had confused and complicated the simple solution of the tribal areas, saying now the army chief had too declared that they would accept the tribal people’s choice about the future status of tribal areas.

The JUI-F, he said would honor the decision of the tribesmen, saying the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court could not be extended to FATA unless Article 247 and FCR are abolished from the Constitution.  Referring to the PTI-led government’s initiative to allocate public money for some seminaries, the JUI-F chief said that taking money from the government would tarnish the image of religious institutions. Moreover, he said that Ulemas would not accept the provincial government’s offer of giving salaries to them.  He said that the provincial government was making an attempt to change the loyalties of the Ulemas and religious scholars, but they are not greedy to sell out themselves for sake of salary.

About the changes in finality of Prophet Mohammad (SAW), he said that the JUI-F was the first political party inside the parliament which had raised concern against the amendment in oath-taking process and within 48 hours restored it in its original form.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman also condemned the attack on a church in Quetta and expressed his sympathies to the victim families. He said that after the 9/11, religious seminaries were dubbed as safe heavens for terrorists, which is totally wrong, besides, those who were wearing turbans and having beard being called as terrorists.  Condemning the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he praised the Islamic countries for standing with Palestinian Muslims. Moreover, he also condemned the Army Public School incident and called for its proper judicial inquiry.