ISLAMABAD: As the JUI(F) has started facing arm-twisting by the NAB, it has several strong cards to play and is in a perfect position to hit back by declaring Article 248 of the Constitution, which provides immunity to President Zardari, as against Islam through the Council of Islamic Ideology. At the time of his appointment as chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and as being a coalition partner, Maulana Muhammad Sheerani was not inclined to take up the question of the standing of Article 248 in the light of Islamic teachings. But now after the exit of his party from the coalition and following NAB’s decision to activate cases against the JUI leadership, the JUI(F) has got this trump card to pay back to the government in the same coin. The day he was appointed the CII chief, Maulana Sheerani told this correspondent said that the CII would rule on Article 248 of the Constitution if the case was referred to the Council by the government or parliament. He, however, at that time was reluctant to takeup the matter for consideration before the CII on its own. Article 248 pertains to the constitutional immunity of the president, prime minister, governors, chief ministers, federal and provincial ministers and others. At present, it is most pertinent for President Asif Ali Zardari, who after the quashment of the NRO by the Supreme Court in December last, faces several cases of corruption both at home and abroad but is not ready to appear before any court in view of the constitutional immunity that he enjoys under Article 248. The Council of Islamic Ideology is empowered under the Constitution to make recommendations to parliament and the provincial assemblies as to the ways and means of enabling and encouraging the Muslims of Pakistan to order their lives individually and collectively in all respects in accordance with the principles and concepts of Islam as enunciated in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. It is also empowered to make recommendations as to the measures for bringing the existing laws in conformity with the injunctions of Islam and the stages by which such measures should be brought into effect.
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In the light of Islamic jurisprudence, there is no scope in the religion for the kind of immunity as is enjoyed by the president and other key public office holders in the 1973 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In its order in the NRO case, the Supreme Court had also referred to the Islamic teachings and ruled that all are equal before the law. Following the departure of the JUI(F), the NAB formally announced the initiation of inquiry against JUI(F)’s former minister Rehmatullah Kakar in a case of purchase of 3,000 kanals of land in the suburbs of the capital for a government housing scheme. In a strange coincidence, the NAB KP chapter also recently approached the Bureau’s headquarters in Islamabad to write to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in order to get cancelled the 1,200 kanals of military land allotted to the front-men of top JUI leaders in 2004 by the then dictator General Musharraf. REFERENCE: CII under JUI’s Sheerani can hit Zardari’s immunity By Ansar Abbasi Saturday, December 25, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010, Muharram 18, 1432 A.H
PESHAWAR: The chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman, on Sunday said his party could rejoin the government if its conditions were accepted. Addressing a party workers convention here at the Shahi Bagh, the JUI-F chief, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs, said he had honoured all the commitments made with the ruling PPP, which did not reciprocate accordingly.“We did not part ways with the government over a ministry. In fact, the government breached our trust by taking one-sided steps on some important issues,” he said. The Maulana said the government was levying the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) on the dictates of the United States. He said his party would oppose the rulers’ bid to implement the US agenda in Pakistan. Fazlur Rehman said the country’s defence and economy were in the hands of the IMF while the rulers wanted to turn Pakistan into a US colony. “The US wants to withdraw from Afghanistan but not from the region where Pakistan is an important country,” he added. The JUI-F chief said though the military operations were being declared successful, the soldiers were yet to be withdrawn from the so-called cleared areas. He said the US did not want to resolve the Kashmir issue but was interested in the war on the western border of the country.
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The Maulana also pledged to oppose any amendments to the blasphemy law or interference in the affairs of the religious institutions in the country. The workers convention was also addressed by Maulana Amanullah, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Attaur Rehman and other JUI-F leaders. The party leadership on the occasion announced to launch a political movement from Karachi on January 9. INP adds: Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the JUI-F had joined the government after assurances to change Musharraf’s policies. However, he said, these assurances were not met. He said the government should change its pro-US policies, and get rid of dictatorial attitude in its own ranks while dealing with its allies. Fazlur Rehman said he believes in continuing the struggle under the ambit of law and the Constitution as he had taken oath to remain loyal to the Constitution. The JUI-F chief said the use of force to curb terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a violation of the resolution adopted by the joint sitting of parliament. He also criticised the role of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in the blasphemy law case, saying it was a sensitive issue and the JUI-F would not allow him to impose his agenda. REFERENCE: Fazl sets terms for rejoining govt By our correspondent Monday, December 27, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=2938&Cat=13
Monday, December 27, 2010, Muharram 20, 1432 A.H
ISLAMABAD: Against his public perception of being an anti-American, Maulana Fazlur Rehman is reflected in a cable released by WikiLeaks as a frequent and cooperative American interlocutor, who professes his support for cooperation with the United States. The JUI-F leader has been described in the secret US cable as “more politician than mulla”, and “a frequent and cooperative interlocutor” with the post (US Embassy Islamabad). The Maulana is also shown as professing his “support for cooperation with the United States.” US embassy’s CDA Peter Bodde wrote in his April 3, 2008 cable, released by WikiLeaks, that Rehman, more politician than mulla, has been a prominent and legitimate figure in Pakistani politics since the 1980s. He “has publicly denounced terrorist attacks, but prefers to use negotiations rather than military force against militants. Although he is known to have contacts with Taliban and their sympathisers, he has negotiated with religious militants on the government’s behalf, garnering him criticism from the more hard-line religious sectors.”
The primary purpose of the message was to request the FBI to recall information about Fazlur Rehman, which indicated that an individual “Fasilur Rehman” believed to be associated with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is behind the March 2008 bombing in Islamabad. The cable said that the information suggests that Fasilur Rehman refers to political party leader Fazlur Rehman of the JUI-F. The embassy “requests that FBI recall this information from all hardcopy and database records due to discrepancies and errors in the report.” It noted that prominent Pakistan politician Fazlur Rehman is not associated with the JI, but instead leads his own political party, the JUI-F. From 2002-2007, the two parties allied with other religious parties in the coalition Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). However, the JUI-F and JI retained separate leadership structures as well as separate political objectives and methods, it said.
The cable said that Fazlur Rehman’s JUI-F is a conservative Deobandi religious party that has recently joined the new Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government. The JI is a religious party that appeals to a narrow sector of the educated, conservative urban middle class. JI, which has a vibrant student wing, began as a movement for social change based on Sharia. “The JI party policy does not support violence as a means to achieve their political agenda, however, the party quietly has supported Jihad in Afghanistan and Kashmir by providing recruits from their student corps. The party does not support violence perpetuated within Pakistan, such as the recent attack on the restaurant in Islamabad. In addition, Fasilur Rehman and Fazlur Rehman are extremely common Pakistani names, making it impossible to accurately identify the individual with the prominent JUI-F politician.” In an earlier cable, the WikiLeaks showed the Maulana approaching the then US Ambassador Anne Patterson to become the Prime Minister. It was revealed that the leader of the country’s most fiercely pro-Taliban religious party, hosted a jovial dinner for Patterson at which the Maulana sought her backing to become prime minister and expressed a desire to visit America. Maulana-like Maulana’s lieutenant Abdul Ghafoor Haideri acknowledged that “All important parties in Pakistan had to get the approval of the US (to get power).” Fazl keeps regular contact with US embassy, says cable By Ansar Abbasi Tuesday, December 07, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=2507&Cat=13
Tuesday, December 07, 2010, Zilhajj 30, 1431 A.H