JUI-F chief opposes early dissolution of Assemblies

PESHAWAR – Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has strongly opposed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s proposal of dissolving Assemblies and holding early general elections in the country. 

He opposed the PTI proposal while addressing a Press conference in Peshawar on Monday.

He said that what one could expect from those who think this way, as the same brain might demand tomorrow “let us abrogate the Constitution with consensus”.

Earlier, he attended a meeting with a tribal jirga at the JUI-F Secretariat.

Fazl questioned that how they would protect democracy if they are so desperate for the dissolution of the Assemblies. The JUI-F would outrightly oppose any such move, he made it clear.

He said, “Those who are demanding the dissolution of Assemblies with the consensus are actually living in a fool paradise.”

The JUI-F chief further said that the PTI might demand tomorrow let us abrogate the Constitution with consensus, stating that the latest demand by the PTI was actually reflecting its political immaturity.

About Fata’s future, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the issue of mainstreaming Tribal Areas should be revisited and be resolved according to the wishes of tribal people.

Today’s tribal jirga, he said, had constituted Fata Supreme Council (FSC) over the issue of Fata future status and other issues. The government should hear the council and decide the future of Fata accordingly, he said.

He informed that soon the FSC would hold dialogue with the government and various political parties over the issue.

He asked the government to review its policy in order to remove the apprehensions of tribal elders about the future status of Tribal Areas.

The JUI-F chief said that the Federal government was frequently changing its stand on tribal reforms but now the government should take it seriously and pay honour the decision of the FSC of the tribal jirga.

He said that some of the political parties were making politics over the tribal reforms and issues related to the tribal people as these parties had already made a commitment to accept the opinions of the tribesmen on the future of their areas.

The JUI-F would stand with the people of Tribal Areas in their decision on the fate of Fata while some of the political parties had betrayed the tribal people by backing proposed merger of Fata with KP, he said.

Replying to a query, the JUI-F chief said that the restoration of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) would be discussed at a meeting his party had convened on November 9 in Lahore.

Regarding fencing on Pakistan-Afghanistan border, he said that such decisions are taken by security forces,stating they would have no objection if that is necessary.

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