MARDAN  - Ameer Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has said the tribes in FATA are the jugular vein of the country and are the unpaid defenders of Pakistan.

In a meeting with a delegation of the Mardan chapter of JUI, comprising former MPA Maulana Taj-ul-Ameen, Maulana Ziaullah Jan Hashmi, Maulana Riaz, and Maulana Qaiser-ud-Din, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman said the drone attacks and operation in the tribal areas are a threat to national solidarity and survival.

He noted the role of these tribes was central to the independence of Pakistan, and the drone attacks on them are intolerable.  He commented bombing and launching military operation in tribal areas was tantamount to strengthening the policies of the US that have led to extremism, suicide bombings, and lawlessness in the country.  He observed these factors not only harm the country but also defame Pakistan in the international community. 

According to the Ameer JUI, the behavior rendered to the tribal areas is not justified, and it can lead the country to further chaos.