SHERGARH: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while terming the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) as a closed chapter, said Saturday that the court have neither friends nor enemies. Talking to the media after offering Fateha for the departed soul of Maulana Muhammad Idrees, elder brother of Maulana Muhammad Qasim, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs, here Saturday, the JUI-F chief said Benazir Bhutto, who invented the NRO is not amongst us now and Pervez Musharraf is not in the government anymore, so the document is not more than a dead horse.
The Maulana said all the state institutions, including the army and judiciary, supported the NRO in the past but now it is being used for some “other purposes”. He took strong exception to the statements of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif about the judiciary which, according to him, may create clash between the judiciary and executive.
He said the rumours of “change” are restricted to the media, while everything is all right as for as parliament is concerned. “The government is strong and there is no chance of any change,” he said, adding that some people want change but everything should be done in accordance with the constitution not on the whims and desires on any individual.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said it would be catastrophic for the country if any unconstitutional method was adopted for bringing change. He said the opposition parties have never indulged into any activities which may harm the democratic process and there is no chance of military take over.
To a question about the revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the Maulana said the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has withdrawn its demand of quitting the government before revival of the religious alliance. He said he canceled his US visit to protest the 86 years sentence awarded to Dr Aafia Siddiqui by a US court. He said this development has further increased hatred among the Muslim against the US. He demanded of US President Barack Obama to end the sentence of Dr Aafia and send her back to Pakistan. NNI