Fazl 'conditionally' agrees to attend PCNS meeting
[Dawn] After series of negotiations by the PPP-led government and President Asif Ali
President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
, Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulna Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday 'conditionally' agreed to attend meetings of the PCNS, DawnNews reported.
On condition of including recommendations of the JUI-F to the parliamentary committee's draft, the JUI-F chief has agreed to attend the meetings.
The president and Senator Raza Rabbani, in separate meetings asked the JUI-F chief to end the boycott of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS), which is redrafting its recommendations on new terms of engagements with the US.
Fazlur Rehman, during the past few days, had been reiterating his party's position that any decision to restore NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
supplies would be harmful to the national interests.
He also had some reservations over the domestic violence bill pending before the parliament.
Different government representatives including the president had been appealing to the JUI-F chief to review his decision of boycotting the PCNS meetings and the parliament's session over the domestic violence bill.
The JUI-F chief was of the view that the recommendations of the national security committee were already decided so there was no point for his party to be a part of it.
Speaking about parliament's session over the domestic violence bill earlier, Fazlur Rehman said that his party would not let the parliament become a 'hostage' of the NGO's.
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