Islamabad: The British High Commission had refused visa to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, sources said on Friday.
The sources said that the Maulana had applied for the visa on June 15 as he was to participate in a meeting of the Jamiat in the UK.
According to the sources the British High Commission returned his passport with an excuse.
It is to mention here that the United States had also refused to grant visa to the Maulana last year.
The Maulana holds great sway in most of the seminaries of Pakistan’s hardline Deobandi sect and draw political power from Khber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan.
President Zardari contacted JUI (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and invited him to join coalition.
Both the leaders discussed the current political situation and election of new prime minister.
Meanwhile, consultations and contacts among leading political parties are underway for the election of new prime minister.
A delegation of PML-N led by Ahsan Iqbal is meeting with JUI-F Chief in Islamabad to seek his party support in favour of their candidate.
Both PPP and PML-N are also in contact with the members of the National Assembly from FATA and other small groups to seek their support in favour of their candidates.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the decision of supporting or opposing would be made after the consultations within his party.