PESHAWAR - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said on Thursday that being part of the federal government, the JUI-F is waiting for the time when the federal government will take decisions on its own, as it is still following the foreign policy of the previous government.

“Though, our party is not part of the dialogue process with Taliban, yet it wants its success to restore peace in the country,” he said this while speaking at the Dastar Bandi ceremony of a religious seminary held here. Besides others, Wifaqul Madaris General Secretary Maulana Hanif Jalandhri also spoke on the occasion. Criticising the federal government policies, he said that still the federal government was following the foreign policy of the former government. He went on to say that despite being ally of the PMl-N government, they were waiting for the time when it would take decisions on its own.

“Dialogue is the only way to restore peace, asking both government and Taliban to demonstrate flexibility, as peace cannot be restored through use of force,” he added. “We will resist, if the government targets religious seminaries in the name of legislation,” he warned.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that any action against religious seminaries would have serious repercussions, asking the government to think twice before taking any step in this respect. “We have forwarded a clear message to the government in this regard, “ he added.

In the name of service of the humanity, he said that non-governmental organisations were following the mission to defame Islam.

“Be sure, we are already aware of such tactics, so nefarious designs will see no success,” he said.

Replying to a query, he said that currently there was no possibility of the merger of JUI-F and JUI-S. “Let people decide, which one of the two factions is their real representative,” he added. Answering another question, Maulana Fazur Rehman said that appointing a new governor is the legal right of the federal government. “We have left the field open for PTI to run the government in province in a smooth manner but it is not actually capable of doing so and would soon meet its end,” he concluded.