“Injustice, exploitation, price hike and poverty will not end as long as the country is ruled by people who defy Islamic injunction,” Jamaat-i-Islami ameer Syed Munawar Hasan said on Friday.
Addressing a Friday congregation at Mansoora, the JI chief said that an important lesson in the conquest of Makkah was that acquiring political power was a pre-requisite for the enforcement of Islamic laws. He said no revolution was possible in Pakistan without submission to the rule of the Holy Quran. Hasan said that an Islamic state guarded the rights of all its citizens including the minorities. He said the energy crisis had ruined industry and agriculture and the rulers were ‘least interested’ in solving the problem.
“The people are first made to suffer throughout the month and then charged inflated electricity bills.” This, he said, had led to an increase in electricity theft in the country. He said it was shocking that after plunging the country into a serious crisis, the rulers hoped to win the next elections.
He alleged that billions of rupees from public exchequer was being given away to PPP workers in the name of Benazir Income Support programme. He concluded the address by asking the congregation to pray for the well being of Muslims in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Burma and Palestine.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.