KARACHI: Maulana Samiul Haq, the chief of his own faction of the rightwing Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, stepped forward on Monday to comment on the violence in Karachi by appealing to the ulema or religious scholars and leaders to develop a common strategy and take a stand on such issues.
At the press conference at the Karachi press club, he hit an emotional note by saying that the ulema and religio-political parties will not leave the people of Karachi alone in “this hour of turmoil and strife”. The city witnessed senseless killings even during the holy month of Ramazan. Haq did not, however, specify what the common strategy should be or exactly how the ulema could play a role.
He went on to lambast the police by saying that no “real target killer” has been arrested during the fortnight of surgical operations. In fact, the police have rounded up at least a dozen men who are being prosecuted on these charges.
Haq welcomed the Suo motu proceedings by the Supreme Court and asked the ulema to support the initiative. He said the JUI-S would support any decision.
He called the government inefficient and a complete failure and said the ruling party should resign to allow an independent government to take the reins. Only an independent government could stop the drone attacks insides Pakistan’s frontiers.
Responding to a question, he said that the Taliban would never trust Asif Ali Zardari and his government. “We are not for the present system as we do not expect any good from it,” he said. Corruption is rampant whether it is Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa or the Punjab. Every politician and party in the government is devouring our resources, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2011.
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