PESHAWAR:10 September: Criticising the local government ordinance in Sindh, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said on Sunday that all decisions on important issues were taken behind the curtains while the least important matters were referred to the parliament.
“The political forces have not been taken into confidence over promulgation of the ordinance. If decisions are taken in consultation with only one political party, it will never bear positive results,” the Maulana told journalists after a meeting of the party’s jirga on tribal areas here.
He said the government was repeating the same mistake in formation of the interim government by ignoring the political parties on this issue too. “Decision about the caretaker government should be taken with consensus,” he suggested.
About situation in Fata, he said restoration of peace was indispensable for the political future of the tribal areas. “Therefore, proper attention should be focused on restoration of peace there,” he added.
The JUI-F chief said due to the flawed policies of the government 90 percent of the tribal people had been rendered homeless in their own country. He said the policies of imposing decision on the tribal people should be done away with and the issues resolved through talks and other peaceful means.
He condemned the increasing US drone attacks in the tribal areas and asked the government to stop these strikes by using its defence power. “Mere recording protest by summoning an ambassador would neither satisfy the tribal people nor resolve the issue,” he argued.
He came down hard on the government for neglecting the resolutions of the parliament, saying the decisions of the government about foreign policies were openly contradicting the recommendations of the parliament.
He said his party was making practical efforts for resolution of the problems of tribal areas. “We have formed a constitutional committee about tribal areas. The committee members undertake visit of the all the tribal regions and give their recommendations to the tribal jirga,” he said.
About Pakistan-India talks, the Maulana said talks should be held between the two countries on Kashmir, not on Mumbai incidents. He said the US was terming the Kashmiri freedom fighters as terrorists.
He added that the US had deceived the Pakistani nation by declaring the Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation. “The US itself is a terrorist state and its policies are promoting terrorism in the world. The US should review its own policies instead of terming others as terrorists,” he remarked.
In response to a question, Maulana Fazlur Rahman ruled out possibility of making electoral alliance with the Awami National Party (ANP). “We cannot even think of making alliance with the ANP,” he stressed.
He said Pakhtuns were massacred and unannounced martial law was imposed in the province during the ANP rule. “Price-hike, unemployment and loadshedding became worse during the rule of ANP. By making alliance with it, how will we face the masses?” he questioned.The news.