JI shies away from joining opposition alliance

Hafiz Naeem says his party can cooperate with anyone for a certain purpose

Our Correspondent May 12, 2024
JI chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE


Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan has categorically stated that it will not become a part of any political alliance but it can cooperate with anyone for a certain purpose.

Addressing a media conference, Jamat-e-Islami emir Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said the media workers are facing a host of issues such as economic crisis and press freedom.

“During my visit to Balochistan, I observed that the law enforcers were violating the laws. Some elements want to suppress the voices rising for the supremacy of law. People are missing unconstitutionally and locals are being humiliated at check posts,” said the JI chief, adding when people feel deprived, the global powers exploit the situation.

He alleged that the coalition government of PML-N, PPP and MQM, a product of Form-47, had been forcibly imposed on people, adding that tampered figures were being presented to claim improvement in the economy.

He requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to establish a judicial commission tasked with compiling the results of the general elections based on Form-45.

When asked if the JI will be part of the opposition alliance headed by Mahmood Khan Achakzai, he said his party can cooperate with anyone for a certain aim but it won’t be a part of any political alliance.

Read also: Opp vows struggle for return of democracy

A day earlier, the opposition alliance - Tehreek-e- Tahaffuz-e-Aain-e-Pakistan - held a meeting under the chair of Mahmood Khan Achakzai to launch a country-wide movement. The meeting was attended by PTI leaders Omar Ayub Khan and Asad Qaiser, Sunni Ittehad Council, chairman, Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), acting president, Sajid Khan Tareen, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) leader Syed Nasir Shirazi and others.

Declaring that there was no democracy left in the country, the newly formed anti-government alliance launched a new nationwide campaign, vowing that its struggle would continue till the return of democracy and restoration of the Constitution in the country.

“At this moment, there is no democracy in the country and the Constitution is continuously being fiddled with,” read a statement of the opposition alliance.

During Saturday's meeting, the opposition gathering evaluated the current political landscape and ratified significant decisions on a nationwide movement. It was agreed to pursue legal avenues for permission to hold public rallies in Karachi and Faisalabad, denouncing efforts by local authorities to impede those gatherings.

Moreover, the opposition coalition strongly condemned the recent violence against lawyers at the Lahore High Court and the tragic incident in Gwadar. Additionally, the coalition outlined plans for a nationwide campaign, including engagements with bar councils, seminars and rallies to raise awareness among the public and media.

During the meeting, participants expressed solidarity with the families of the victims of terrorism in Gwadar and denounced the mistreatment of lawyers and farmers. They pledged support for farmers' demands and called for accountability against those involved in the wheat import scandal.


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