Fazlur Rehman vows to make Pakistan Islamic Welfare State

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 11:52:03 by

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Fazlur Rehman has vowed to make Pakistan an ‘Islamic Welfare State’, claiming that his party would sweep the elections if the establishment stopped meddling in politics.

While addressing a huge-crowd in the Islam Zindabad’ rally in Karachi on Friday, he observed, “Why are institutions not accepting that they have failed? The nation is still a beggar and the institutions should accept their failure. US supremacy in Pakistani foreign policy is not acceptable. Implementation of Sharia through guns is not the right way.”

In his hard-hitting address, the JUI-F chief said that the people had always criticised his party for not getting enough votes in elections but they did not know that the establishment did not let the party to come in power.

Fixing his guns on security establishment, he claimed that 60% of the budget was spent on defence while the poor were facing malnourishment. Pakistan came into being as an Islamic welfare state but it was transformed into a security state, he added.

Fazl stated that institutions were in a state of denial and were not accepting that they had failed in ensuring good governance in the country. In his view, those who did not implement the recommendations of the Islamic Ideology Council are bigger criminals than the armed outfits.

He maintained that if there was independent foreign policy in Pakistan, the country would not be facing the current situation. Pakistan had beard losses of $70 billion dollars in the war on terror but had only received $4 billion in return, he added.

While referring to the alleged compacts with the United States made by former president Pervez Musharraf, the JUI-F leader asserted, “No ruler has the right to commit via verbal agreement to any other country.”

He categorically rejected the impression that his party was in favor of the forceful implementation of Sharia. He opined that the seminaries are not breeding extremism saying that religious elements were being forced into war on terror.

He commented, “The religious factions are being push to war. Those who are getting an education in madrassas are not extremists but liberals. We are not the enemy of negotiations but it should be done on an equal basis,”

Fazl stated that the ties between the US and Pakistan should not be of slave and master, urging the relations based on sameness.


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