SUKKUR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that parliament had finalised the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (SAW) issue.
He said the political future of Sindh is now in the hands of JUI-F and it is their responsibility to ensure peace and prosperity in Sindh and Pakistan. He said this on Saturday while addressing the third death anniversary of former senator Maulana Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro in Larkana.
He said that the US wanted to destabilise Pakistan and was conspiring to change the demography of Pakistan. The whole country was taken hostage over the PanamaLeaks issue, while the rulers had destroyed the country by committing mega corruption. He said that Nawaz Sharif was disqualified in the PanamaLeaks case and later on America issued threats to ‘do more’ to Pakistan and launched a drone strike.
The JUI-F was not a part of any internal or external political game. He said the political crisis in the country was artificially created by someone.
He said that during the PPP government, it was tried to amend the Tahafuz-e-Nabuwwat (SAW) law, but the JUI-F took a front seat in parliament against such an attempt and compelled the government to withdraw the bill. He said parliament had finalised the issue of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (SAW).
He said that there was no need for using force to disperse the Islamabad sit-in, adding when the sit-ins at the D-Chowk were tolerated, here also a constitutional and legal solution should be adopted to end the Faiazabad sit-in. He said that there was no political gains of the Faizabad sit-in and added that still the situation could be handled with negotiations, otherwise this could destabilise the country. He said it was the responsibility of all stakeholders to normalise the situation by playing their collective as well as individual roles. He advised the government to continue the path of negotiations and handle the situation with talks.
He said that the sacrifices of Ulema showed that scholars wanted peace and harmony. "All religious scholars of Pakistan are united to make Pakistan a prosperous and peace-loving country," he said and added that they wanted to bring Pakistan’s economy on the track of development and progress and all political parties and stakeholders wanted to see an enlightened Pakistan. He said the international forces were making attempts to sabotage CPEC, because it was unacceptable to the world. He appreciated the people of Sindh, specially the sons of martyred Khalid Mehmood Soomro, who spread the message of peace and love in Sindh and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Shah said on Sunday that religion should not be used for politics. He said that his party stood by democracy and parliament adding that democratic forces in the country should not be weakened.
The statement by the opposition leader came amid continuing protests across the country which began on Saturday after the police and paramilitary personnel launched a crackdown on the Islamabad sit-in staged by a religious group. The religious matters should not be used for political sloganeering, the opposition leader said.
He said that the PPP leadership had conveyed a clear message in the backdrop of present situation of the country. The protests held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had resulted in a few deaths and left dozens injured besides the 250 injuries reported in Islamabad. --Online
Our correspondent adds: The government on Sunday contacted the Pakistan People's Party, seeking its cooperation for adopting a joint stance in the wake of the country's recent situation. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal made a telephonic contact with Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday evening and took him in confidence on the Faizabad operation. Khursheed Shah said the government sought his advice with regard to situation of the country and on behalf of his party, he advised the interior minister to resolve the issue through dialogue and avoid using force. The opposition leader said he appeals to the Faizabad protesters to cooperate for the resolution of the issue through dialogue.
Syed Khursheed Shah said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told him that those four persons who were killed were not killed at Faizabad but were they were those who attacked the residence of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.