PESHAWAR - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman Sunday asked the government to constitute a judicial commission to look into the matter of a sudden surge in terror incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which according to him, is a bid to sabotage peace efforts.
To expose the elements involved in these heinous acts, a judicial commission is a must. He said that invisible lobbies are out to foil peace initiatives and that is why they have started blasts. However, in the same breath, Fazl said that such incidents of terrorism should not affect the talks process. The JUI-F chief said this while talking to journalists here at his party’s provincial headquarter.
To restore peace, steps have also been taken to create a positive environment like the release of Gomal Zam hostages and others, he informed. He said that only solution to the unrest is talks and tribal jirga could play a vital role in this regard.
“Tribal customs and traditions could not be ignored. Tribal elders have the experience to make ceasefire and keep it intact. I am sure enough that tribal jirga can be the better forum to start negotiation,” the JUI-F chief was of the view.
“Talks are usually held between two sides. The mediators play the role of facilitator. This would exactly be the role of tribal jirga,” he said. He ruled out the need for holding another all parties conference (APC) to review the decisions taken in the previous conference.
He suggested the government not to heed any attention to the emotional statements that the situation has worsened after the offer for talks and therefore another APC should be held to revisit the decision taken the last APC. He, however, said that another APC should be held to discuss the situation emerged after the successive tragic incidents and a mechanism should be adopted as how to overcome these happenings.
Criticising the PTI-led provincial government for its decision to hand over education system in three districts of Hazara Division to some non-governmental organisations, he said that it would certainly secularise the education system in the province that has a religious identity. “It is clear on whose agenda all this is being done,” he said.
He also opposed English as medium of instruction in all the educational institutions. He said that the JUI-F had run a campaign against the NGOs’ activities in the country some two years back. “Now you see the entire provincial government is apparently being run by NGOs,” he added.
He also criticised the PTI for proposing amendments in blasphemy law. He said that several months ago a delegation of PTI had met leaders of Ahmadis/Qadyanis and had sought support from them. “Now a lobby has become active to amend the blasphemy law, though all the institutions in the country are convinced that there is no need to amend it,” he concluded.