Fazl claims no religious extremism in Pakistan



–JUI-F chief says Govt overcomes terrorism with help from religious seminaries 

QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Thursday said there has been no religious extremism in the country.

Addressing Mufti Mahmood Conference in Quetta, he said state forces have played their role in eradicating terrorism from the country; however, he maintained that had the JUI-F, religious figures and seminaries not cooperated, the country would not have been rid of this menace.

“Seminaries and clerics are only subjected to criticism; their role isn’t acknowledged.” the JUI-F chief lamented. “You should give credit to them and acknowledge their role.”

“We demonstrated maturity by not letting our youth be provoked. We showed them the path of moderation and they thought of their country, its future and held its peace dear to them,” he said.

He said they considered government grants a poison for religious education. “A Khateeb (prayer leader) of a mosque would continue to suffer from poverty, but would not compromise his honour,” the JUI-F chief said.

He went on to say that political parties were being formed in the country with beautiful slogans are actually the “agents of the West”. “Their vulgarity has taken to streets now,” Fazl said, adding, “We won’t allow the Constitution to become a secular constitution.”

Earlier, he warned that anyone who tried to change the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat law would be inviting his own death.