No change is possible in Pakistan unless the people fully participate in the political process and end the monopoly of a handful of selfish individuals, said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh chief Asadullah Bhutto on Sunday.
Speaking at the inauguration of Al-Khidmat Centre in Sachal Goth, he said the country’s ruling elite have repeatedly proved their incapability to solve the problems of poor masses. “These people have no roots in Pakistan. Their families live abroad and their children study in foreign colleges and universities. These people come to Pakistan only to plunder its resources and then go back to their foreign homes,” he said.
Whenever fair and transparent elections are held in Pakistan, the results will show the real story of the popularity of political parties in Pakistan, the JI leader said, adding that the people must participate in the political process and elect honest and capable people to bring about a change
Bhutto said that such participation has resulted in a meaningful change in Egypt and other Arab countries. “The Pakistani voters are disappointed with the present political elite, who have given them nothing,” he said. “People want a leadership which works for their interests and fights hunger, poverty, joblessness, price hike, lawlessness, load shedding, illiteracy, unequal distribution of wealth and social discrimination.”
The JI Sindh chief said that despite all major political parties being in power in Sindh, peace could not be maintained in the province, including Karachi. “The ruling parties who claim to represent voters of Karachi have miserably failed to resolve the lingering civic issues of Karachi,” he added.
He claimed that the JI is the only genuine opposition in Pakistan that dares to raise a strong voice for peoples’ rights at every front. “Our past and present is an open book for people. Not a single JI leader had allegations of corruption and ill-gotten money against his name,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Khidmat Sindh secretary general Engineer Abdul Aziz said that the welfare foundation is working as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit and charitable organisation.
He claimed that the foundation works with an aim to serve humanity without discrimination of religion, caste, colour, creed and ethnicity.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2012.