SWABI: The leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl said here on Monday that government wanted to make Pakistan a secular state but it would be resisted with complete vigour.

Addressing a meeting of party workers, JUI-F provincial deputy chief Maulana Attaur Rehman, deputy general secretary, Rahat Hussain and provincial spokesman Abdul Jalil Jan that the PTI government was trying to remove Islamic clauses from the Constitution but they would never allow the rulers to achieve their objective.

The meeting was organised in connection with preparations for ‘Mardan million march’ that would be held in Mardan on Feb 17.

The speakers said that thousands of people from across the country would attend Mardan march that would be addressed by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other religious scholars.

Leaders of party vow to frustrate designs of rulers

“We would never ever allow the PTI government to bring any change in the Constitution,” said Maulana Attaur Rehman. He alleged that PTI came into power under a foreign agenda to recognise Israel and allow Qadianis to resume their activities.

He said that JUI-F leaders wanted to inform people about the agenda of the government.

Rahat Hussain said that there was contradiction in the words and deeds of PTI leaders. He said that the rulers felt proud over their U-turns.

Abdul Jalil Jan alleged that national economy was destabilised by the PTI leaders and people were confused about the politics of the ruling party.

ARREST: Police claimed to have arrested the leader of a gang that allegedly snatched Rs0.5 million from an overseas employee when he was on way from his home to Islamabad airport in October last year.

DSP Iqbal Khan told journalists that Mir Saleem, a resident of Buner district, was going to airport when four persons disguised as policemen stopped his car near Swabi Interchange.

He said that they told Mr Saleem that there was opium in his car and Rs0.5 million, passport, and four mobile phone sets from him and disappeared.

The arrested person was identified as Said Rehman, a resident of Totali village in Buner. During initial investigations, he confessed to his crime and also disclosed the names his three accomplices, said the DSP.

FIRE: Fire gutted a shop in Bandoo Oboo village on Monday morning.

Mohammad Shoaib, the owner of the shop, told Dawn that the fire was caused by short-circuit of electricity.

He said that he failed to disconnect the power supply due to which the fire spread in the shop and reduced all items to ashes.

Published in Dawn, February 12th, 2019