DARRA ADAMKHEL: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has demanded annulment of merger of erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Addressing a public gathering in Darra Adamkhel on Friday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is also leader of the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), claimed that the government was on its last legs and it just needs a push to falter.

He said no debate was held in the Parliament over merger of erstwhile Fata with KP. He said people of merged districts offered countless sacrifices and suffered a lot, but they were not consulted on this major decision.

The Maulana said the whole country will do preparations for going to Islamabad to stage protest in the end of January. He said the opposition activists are showing great patience and endurance during the anti-government rallies. He said the government is incapable and failed and it cannot dent the resolve of the opposition protesters by arrests. He said the volunteers are playing a commendable role and they will not stay silent if the government resorted to highhandedness.

The JUI-F chief alleged that the government was considering recognition of Israel. He said the foreign policy of the incumbent government was a failure as foes are increasing and friends are also not very happy. He said the economic downfall of Pakistan under the incumbent government was a major source of concern. He said neighbouring countries are making progress, while Pakistan’s faltering economy has pushed it back. He said the end of the government is inevitable to get the country rid of all these problems.

Other speakers on the occasion said that the massive peaceful rally in Darra Adamkhel is a clear proof that the people of the area are peace loving and they won’t accept extremism and lawlessness. They said the decision of the Fata-KP merger was imposed on people against their will, and this must be reversed.

The tribal elders said on the occasion that they will continue to oppose the decision of the merger till its reversal. They said they would take the matter to the Supreme Court of Pakistan which, they hope, would nullify the ‘unconstitutional’ decision of merger.