Mualana Diesel and his heavy weight political wrestling
December 18, 2010 7 Comments
Maulana Fazularehman s/o Mufti Mahmud has an introduction of an Islamic scholar belong to Deobandi sect but he is popularly known as one of suspicious religious political activist who has full capability of changing the political scenes of Pakistan.
Fazal-ur-Rehman and his seven brothers are the top leaders of one faction of political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam known as JUI(F).
His father Maulana Mufti Mahmud fought in the Indian Independence Movement during the 1940s. He was a close ally of the Indian National Congress at the time and opposed the demand for Pakistan. Even after the Partition of India, when he moved to Pakistan, he remained a bitter opponent of the Muslim League.
In 1972, he was elected as the Chief Minister of N.W.F.P (Now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa). He along with his cabinet resigned in protest at the dismissal of the NAP – JUI (F) coalition government in Baluchistan on 14 February 1973.He was staunch supporter of Afghan-Jihad against USSR.
Due to huge vote bank regarding religious association , extreme kind of backwardness in D I Khan and his family’s mass public support Mufti Mahmood was the lone leader in Pakistan who had defeated the Z A Bhutto in the 1970 general elections.So he was always known as strong irritating opponent of Bhutto.
However, unlike his father Maulana Fazal Rehman earned fame by supporting ZAB’s daughter Benazir Bhutto during her second stint as the prime minister and then his corrupt son in Law Zardari for third term of PPP govt. His cooperation with the PPP to some extent diminished temporarily his party’s image of an anti-secular religio-political entity. His popular demands with coalition governments was mostly focused to get hold of religious ministry that is strongly involved in Hajj and Zakat distribution matters and second important seat they always look for chairmanship of Parliament’s Kashmir Committee.
His Popular Scams For supporting Coalition Governments:
He always has a history of important organ of working govt so he has long list of financial scams in reward of sharing his support to weak, corrupt or dictatorial regimes.Popular ones are:
- His involvement of supplying permits for exporting diesel from Pakistan to Afghanistan,has allotted him name of Maualana Diesel in social circles.
- Maulana Fazlur Rehman in 2004 did not to oppose General Musharraf ‘s uniform and it had solid reason — the general had doled out hundreds of acres of military land worth millions of rupees to the Maulana and his close peoples.The allotment letters, relating to 1200 Kanals, were issued by the Army’s General Headquarters Adjutant General (Welfare and Rehabilitation Directorate), Rawalpindi under the signatures of Lt-Col Muhammad Zafar on behalf of the adjutant-general and countersigned by Brigadier DWR-I Zafar Iqbal Shah on Oct 23rd 2004.
- He and his religious party was among the few blue boys of ISI who were allowed and fully backed due to its capacity to raise battalions of illegitimate Islamic fighters, recognized as Talibans.All such activities had given a new dimension to his politics. This Taliban phenomenon, overwhelmingly accepted in areas already influenced by narrow-minded religious thoughts, specially the southern districts of the NWFP, the majority areas of FATA and pockets in Baluchistan.
The full support of ISI support had given him and his party a dominating victory in the rural areas of the NWFP and some of the Pakhtoon dominated areas of Baluchistan in Musharraf engineered elections in which MMA had raised its status as one and only ruling group in KPK(63 seats in National assembly with heavy mandates which were vanished in next elections) possibly in an attempt to show the rest of the world that Islamic forces in the country were growing in strength
Due to his strong ties with military regime of Musharraf led Govt it was the sole reason that why it’s JUI-led provincial government was able to complete a five-year term in the NWFP. The scale of the buyout price of the JUI, which has now been confirmed, is massive in terms of state land and money paid to the JUI leaders and their relatives.
His Latest Political Wrestling:
After WikiLeaks disclosures about Maulana Fazlur Rahman that how closely and secretly he shared his dines and sentiments with US Lady ambassador so that US would pick him first choice as to be Prime minister,.This leak has some how shocked not only the Taliban and Al-Qaeda leadership who had closed links with him in past but now various local religio-political parties have also hinted at staying away from him.
So that leak might have affected his friendly ties with same repute like zardari and company and recently he has withdrawn his little but important support to this PPP govt.Although the main issue was firing of his Minister Azam Swati without notice but it obvious that he has big plans in future politics in which he has sharply reduced his popularity and support in last years. People are attacking him and his party workers that he had never quit govt on drone issue which are killing his trained people in mountains nor he showed nay kind of resentment on serious financial scams/upsets of government but he sharply reacted on Azam Swati oust by PM direct orders as he was waiting for such moments to quit the govt.
So in coming day this original piece of politics of religious hypocrisy can be reason of some strange moves to regain his support from ISI cell and underground Taliban groups who can bring his party on victory rostrum again .