Maulana Fazlur Rehman came into politics when for the first time he won a national assembly seat in 1988. Maulana become a popular leader during Benazir Bhutto’s second term, when he was nominated as the chairman of the National Assembly standing committee on foreign affairs. He always takes votes in the name of Islam and considers himself to be a custodian and guardian of Islam. However, in real, no such thing exists.
In the beginning he supported every government and never opposed any government on the basis of his own party ideology. In Benazir’s era, he said that Islam prohibits female leadership and female leadership is against Sunnah, but when she nominated him as Minister of Petroleum he showed keen interest in receiving diesel quotas from all over the country, leaving him with the title of Maulana Diesel. After receiving the post from Benazir he remained silent forever.
In 2008, he supported Zardari’s government and took three ministries from PPP. He just wants to take ministries from the government and serve his own interest instead of protecting the religion or serving the people. If the same game is continued, he stands to lose his credibility among the general public and he will be never able to protect his own interest if he loses confidence of general public.
The government is trying to merge FATA in KP, but Maulana is the biggest hurdle in the process of the merger. If he continues the same stance,he will lose his political base in FATA if FCR is abolished and FATA merged in KP.
According to a study published by FATA Research Centre titled ‘Governance Reforms in FATA: People’s Perspective’, 68% population of FATA is for the abolition of FCR, and 74% endorsed the option of the merger with KP.
He knows that if FATA-KP merger takes place, then he will lose his vote bank in Pakhtun belt and the credit of merger will go to other political parties.So it is time for Maulana to stand with the people of FATA and to support the merger option.
Majority of his followers believed that he will protect religion against the Western agenda and will never allow any government to pass any law which is against Islam. But there are many religious parties in our country which also judge the activities of government and only FazlurRehman is not the protector and guardian of religion.
It is necessary for Maulana to support people of FATA and participate in the struggle for merger of Fata with KP. He must take every member of his party into confidence before making any decision otherwise he will lose his party members as well.