Democracy in trouble if letter not written to Swiss authorities: Fazl
16 July, 2012
PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman, on Sunday, hinted a possible threat to democracy if Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf declined the Supreme Court directive of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for the reopening of graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari.
"Democracy will come under threat if the letter is not written," he warned while addressing a tribal jirga organised in Peshawar's Nishtar Hall, where tribal elders were invited from different tribal regions.
He said if the technocrats-led government took over then they would be difficult to stop.
This was the second time this week that he had forecasted danger to the present democratic set-up.
Fazl said that tribal areas' merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be subject to the approval of the tribal people and that his party would support what the tribal people chose for themselves.
"Instead of imposing the so-called reforms on these people, the tribals should be allowed to make independent decisions," Fazl argued, criticising the Awami National Party for helping forces inflicting agonies on the tribal people.
Fazl said that Asfandyar Wali Khan, chief of the Awami National Party, had helped the forces responsible for inflicting these agonies. "It is not good that the tribal people are being blackmailed in the name of reforms," he said.