Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leaders came hard on the government on Wednesday and held it responsible for the country’s economic and political turmoil.
Addressing the scores of people from Swat valley at a public rally in the grounds of Makana Bagh, JI Chief Syed Munawar Hassan accused the government of corruption and inept policymaking.
“The substantial amounts of donations given by the international community for the militancy-hit Malakand division have been swallowed by the elite class, while the deserving people continue to suffer,” said Hassan. “The present government has set records of corruption,” he exclaimed.
The JI chief said that Swat is rich in natural resource and its people do no need any aid from the West. He claimed that if it weren’t for the government’s rampant corruption and inept policies, Pakistan today would have been self-sufficient.
Referring to the over 10,000 people reportedly missing from across the country, Hassan said, “We are facing shame in the international community because our own agencies are abducting our own people.”
Meanwhile, JI Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Amir, Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, endorsed the recent remark by Lt General Khalid Rabbani that the US is making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failure to beat insurgency in Afghanistan. He said that JI has always maintained the same stance, adding that the remark should have been come from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani if he was loyal to the country.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s conviction of contempt of supreme court, Hassan, the JI chief, termed Gilan a “former prime minister and a tale of the past”.
He said that US-led Nato forces started stumbling in Afghanistan, where, despite of 11 years of military operation, they could not get any success. The only achievement they have made in the 11 years is that they killed Osama Bin Laden.
“Osama Bin Ladin was not a name of an individual, but an ideology; and ideologies can never be killed,” he said. He added that JI will never let Nato supply routes reopen.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.
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