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Change in blasphemy law: Fazl rejects PM’s statement

03 February, 2011

PESHAWAR: Maulana Fazal ur Rehman addresses a press conference at Jamiat Ulema Islam Markaz. APP
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PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman here Wednesday vowed to continue opposing any move to change the blasphemy law.

He said the next rally by supporters of the blasphemy law would be held in Peshawar on February 20. “We reject the statement of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani not to change the blasphemy law. It was a one-sided statement and we want a proper decision by the government to this end,” he told reporters after a meeting of the provincial executive body of the party. Besides others, JUI-F Provincial Chief Sheikh Amanullah, Maulana Mohammad Qasim, MNA and Asif Iqbal Daudzai were present on the occasion.

Fazl said the rulers were trying to implement the US agenda in the country but the religious parties would not allow them to materialise their dream. “We had foiled bids to abolish Hadood laws in the past and will not compromise on blasphemy law as well,” argued Maulana Fazl Rehman, who is also the chairman of Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs in the National Assembly.

He said that all the religious parties and groups have once again united for protection of Islamic laws and an environment was being created for formation of a Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal-like alliance in the country.

The JUI-F chief condemned the fresh wave of bombings in Peshawar and other parts of the country, saying that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had failed in establishing peace in the province.

“Our people are being killed in US drone attacks and military operations in the tribal areas in violation of international norms,” he said. He claimed that not a single soldier had been withdrawn from the areas where the government had claimed success in military operations against militants. “There is an undeclared martial law in the country,” Fazlur Rehman said without clarifying his claim.

About the killing incident in Lahore, Fazl said the US was exerting pressure on the Pakistan government for release of its national but the religious parties would not allow the rulers to bargain over the blood of the slain Pakistanis. Later, Maulana Fazl visited the house of former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad in Peshawar. Sources privy to the meeting said the two leaders discussed matters related to the revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.

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