Sami links MMA’s revival to support for Fata-KP merger


NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Saturday announced that the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal would be revived only if the religious parties, including JUI-F, supported the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ullema-e-Islam-S (JUI-S) chief Maulana Sami ul Haq addressing the Tribe Jirga.

He was speaking to the members of the Tribal Youth Jirga, who called on him at the Darul Uloom-i-Haqqania in Akora Khattak here to discuss the issue of Fata-KP merger. The delegation comprised youth leaders from the PPP, ANP, PTI, Jamaat-i-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party and other parties’ Fata chapters. The JUI-S chief said he didn’t confront JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman but didn’t understand his logic behind opposition to the merger of tribal areas with KP. “I don’t know why Maulana Fazlur Rehman is opposed to the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said. Mr Sami said the JUI-F chief had never favoured bids to form alliance of religious parties. He said ironically, Mr Fazl opposed the Shariat Bill in parliament though it was tabled by his teachers and even he made fun of it by declaring it shararat (mischief) bill. “Maulana Fazlur Rehman studied at Darul Uloom-i-Haqqania for seven years but we don’t understand his aims and objectives,” he said.
The JUI-S chief said he didn’t agree to the opinion that the Frontier Crimes Regulation was close to Islamic teachings, and rather declared it a system of brutalities. “Tribal people are fighting a war for rights. It is ironic that they’ve not been treated like other Pakistanis since the country’s creation,” he said. Mr Sami said Fata was created by the British rulers to serve own interests and that it was currently ruled by a few Maliks and political agents.
He said the federal government had mocked the Fata people by doling out a meagre three percent share in the National Finance Commission Award for the region’s development.