ISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday ruled out any delay in presidential election as ‘unconstitutional’. "Let the election be held as early as July 29, instead of August 6; there is nothing unconstitutional about this,” Fazl told this news agency.

"There would be a consensus with PML-N over this issue,” he said and stressed new president should be from a smaller province. He said should the government evolve a roadmap for its five-year tenure, he saw no reason why it shouldn't be able to tackle challenges, crisis with flying colors.

"There are numerous issues un-related to the government or opposition, and are rather national issues, which need implementation of a well-laid comprehensive detailed policy, entailing national consensus," Fazl emphasised.

To a query about Malala Yousafzai, Fazl said, "Our culture holds it as a non-chivalrous act to lay hands (beat, hurt etc)on any female; Her (Malala) persona is being used for settling 'ideological conflicts', bragging about victories."

Fazl, to another question, said, "No doubt Muttahida Qaumi Movement has a strong mandate in Karachi, but there should be absolute justice through impartial and neutral investigation(s) about party’s chief Altaf Hussain.”

He stressed upon the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to stage demonstrations at Peshawar's GT Road over the power loadshedding issue, but said “one should avoid volatile, destructive protests".  Fazl also ruled out any desire his party wanted to join the government, and said they would join the government in the second phase of Cabinet expansion.