Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, on Thursday vowed to back the government in case of any attempt to destabilise democracy in the country.
Talking to reporters in Islamabad, the cleric said that despite differences on various issues, his party would stand by the PML-N government and would back it if democracy faced any threat.
“We have different point of view on various issues with the government but would resist and support the government in case of any attempt to derail the democracy in the country,” he said.
When asked the JUI-F was getting ministries as an ally party of the government, he said, “Portfolios do not matter when you stand with stance and it becomes secondary issue.”
The cleric said good governance was not being practiced in the country, adding that there were lots of problems with the government. He said it was the government’s responsibility to take its allies on board, but it was not being practiced and policy to ignore its allies was being followed.
To a question on talks with the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the JUI-F chief said serious efforts could bring positive results.
Lashing out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, the cleric said the PTI chief was still an immature and non-serious politician.
He said Imran Khan had been advocating the Taliban’s stance but after getting pressure he now stands with the establishment, adding that former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was once Imran’s hero but now he was speaking against Chaudhry. He asked why was Imran demanding rigging inquiry in only four constituencies, adding that he should raise the issue of rigging national wide.
To a question on Jamaat-e-Islami’s tribal jirga, the cleric asserted that his party’s jirga was the real representative of the tribal areas, adding that fake jirgas did not represent all tribes of FATA.