JUI-F quits alliance with government

ISLAMABAD JUI-F has announced to part ways with the government following the dismissal of federal minister Azam Swati from his office by the prime minister and its two ministers including Rehmat Ullah Kakar and Atta ur Rehman have resigned from their offices.

Following the dismissal of Azam Swati, Maulana Fazlur Rehman convened the meeting of parliamentary party of JUI-F to review the post dismissal situation.

Talking to media men here Tuesday after the meeting Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced to quit the government saying prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had not taken him into confidence on the matter of dismissal of Azam Swati. Due to this attitude of PPP we can not go along with the government, he added.

Two ministers from JUI-F are resigning from their officers forthwith, he declared. This decision was the collective decision of parliamentary party, he remarked.

“We were adhering to policy of reconciliation under an agreement with PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and now PPP itself had withdrawn from this policy , he underlined.

In pursuance of the reconciliation policy we had decided to join PPP led coalition government and when reconciliation was no more there then there was no justification to stay in the government, he underscored.

Responding to a question he said his party ministers were resigning from the ministries. As far as chairmanship of standing committees was concerned, chairmen were elected by the members of standing committee, therefore, those nominated from JUI-F as chairman would stay in their offices , he held. Only members of standing committee could decide about their fate, he added.

He went on to say that as far as induction of Maulana Sherani as chairman Counsel for Islamic Ideology was concerned, it was a constitutional office and Maulana Sherani would stay as chairman . It was the only fault of Azam Swati that he apprised prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of the corruption of minister for religious affairs and the prime minister dismissed Azam Swati instead of taking action against any one other, he told.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman further stated that PPP legislators tabled the bill against blasphemy laws in parliament and governor Punjab made mockery of blasphemy law. These moves were not acceptable to us”, he maintained.

Replying to a question about RGST, he said his party stance would remain the same in national assembly what it had pursued in senate. “We will strongly oppose it in national assembly. We will not abstain from the house and cast vote against this bill, he declared.

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