ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Friday separately said that their parties will not support the amendments in the Army Act.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, JUI-F chief Rehman said that he does not want to make the institutions controversial, adding that the amendments in the Army Act is a matter of the parliament.
The JUI-F chief said that the Supreme Court (SC) had ordered to remove weakness in terms of extension of Army Chief’s tenure but more flaws were being created.
“We will not allow a fake assembly to pass such legislation,” he said and added that his party will not become part of the legislation process for passing the Army Act amendment bill.
Fazl said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) extended support for the bill but the JUI-F condemns the move. He said that both parties should have taken other political parties into confidence over the matter before reaching a decision.
“Taking part in voting will be equal to supporting the fake assembly,” he added.
He said in order to carry out such legislation there should be a conducive and democratic environment. He pointed out that the army chief s service extension matter should not be politicised keeping in view the dignity of the state institution.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has also said that it will not back the proposed amendments in the Army Act and will take a principled stand on the matter.
JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq announced this while talking to the reporters outside Parliament House on Friday.
He said that the decisions being made on the basis of the prime minister’s liking or disliking were tantamount to weaken the national institutions. It would have been for the benefit of the institution, had the government introduced the amendment before November 15, he added.
He expressed regret over the manner the amendments were proposed, saying the ruling party displayed undue haste in proposing changes in the act. “The entire process adopted by the government seems an attempt to prove the parliament a rubber stamp,” he said.
Siraj said that the country desperately needed to bring out of the “doctrine of necessity” as it always caused embarrassment for the entire nation before the international community.
To a question, he said that it was a good omen that two main opposition parties were backing the ruling party on the matter, adding it was the high time the three parties displayed unity to bring the country out the prevailing crisis of a bad economy, inflation, and poverty.
“If the three parties can portray unity to safeguard their interests then what is the hurdle in becoming them united to resolve the problems of the masses,” he remarked.
Expressing surprise over the politics of three parties, he said it was proved that they all were virtually on the same page but sometimes acted differently.
The JI chief said that a powerful army was the need of the country keeping in view the regional situation. He said that India could anytime attack across the boundary to divert the world’s attention from its internal situation and human rights abuses in Kashmir.
In case of any Indian aggression, he said that his party would be at the forefront and stand shoulder to shoulder with the brave armed forces to protect the country’s sovereignty.