The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) railed against the US at a public gathering in Peshawar, and encouraged the government to maintain their decision to keep the Nato supply route closed.
A large number of Pakistanis disagree with the current Afghan policy, JI leaders said, adding that the government should not blame the Taliban or al Qaeda for their issues, but should question the US, whom they termed responsible for an attack on the General Headquarters (GHQ) in 2009. “If the government had responded to the GHQ attack, the Salala attack would not have had happened”, JI chief Sayyad Munawar Hassan said.
“If the government bows down to US pressure and resumes the Nato supply, we will block GT road from Karachi till Khyber,” said former JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
Hasan also demanded the government form a medical board to determine President Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘mental health’, citing the constitution.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2011.