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The Frontier Post

Published Date: Apr 19, 2013

?JUI-F to introduce comprehensive changes?

Deputy
Secretary General Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Malik Sikandar Khan here
Thursday pledge to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state and said that his
party would introduce comprehensive changes in the system based on the Islamic
laws, where state would not only ensure the provision of basic needs to every
citizen but their safety, security and freedom would be protected as enshrined
in the constitution.

While
speaking at seminar on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) manifesto Sikandar Khan was
of the view that whenever Islamic laws were implemented in true spirit, the
society made socio-economic and cultural progress. The welfare system was so
strong that in some cases, the people for giving Zakat were hard to find.
Referring to manifesto, he said that JUI-F would increase worker salary equal
to price of one tola gold (14 grams).

He
said that JUI-F believes in a strong system of accountability and if voted to
power, they would introduce merit in the affairs of civil service and strictly
comply with the rule of law. He said JUI-F would give complete freedom to media
but media have to observe certain obligations.

Reflecting
upon the foreign policy, he said that they would establish good relations with
all the countries on the basis of equality. On education, he said that party
will make education compulsory up to Matric with gradual support at higher
levels. Minorities will also enjoy the right to establish their religious
education centres, he added.

Speaking
on the occasion senior journalist Saleem Safi asked political parties to not
only come up with realistic manifestos but also give due considerations to
their implementation. He said that JUI-F manifesto is a blend of religion,
politics and societal needs. He also praised the party for its broadminded
approach in politics and said “Many people can disagree to JUI-F politics but
its ability to work with liberal parties is commendable keeping in view the
broadening divide between ‘right’ and ‘left’ in Pakistan.

Saleem
Safi said that social structure in Pakistan is on the verge of collapse hence
political parties, including JUI-F must address the demand for ‘New Social
Contract’ in their manifesto.