JI demands government make US Nato supply route deal public

JI's Liaquat Baloch questioned why the military yielded to Washington's pressure.

Our Correspondent July 26, 2012

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan has demanded the government to make public the pact draft agreed to with the US over Nato supply route restoration and hold consultation over it at the national level.

In a press statement issued by the JI on Thursday, Hassan warned the government that a written agreement on the Nato supplies restoration would be disastrous for the future of the country, termin such an agreement would be 'tantamount to signing our death warrants.' He taunted that the rulers had seemingly agreed to sell the country’s independence and sovereignty for a few dollars.

The JI chief tellingly said that the ruling government was on their way out and as such had no right to decide matters sensitive to national security. Hassan stressed that people had lost confidence in the rulers and that the nation would not allow Nato supplies to be transported via its roads, nor would it accept any agreement to provide for their protection.

He also urged all patriotic parties and leaders to sit together and chalk out a joint line of action against the government before it was too late.

Rulers are US puppets

Trumpeting the success of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, which had recently held rallies in the militancy ridden province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas said millions of people were now swelling their ranks.

He added that they had tried to prevent the rulers from taking the suicidal step of reopening Nato supply routes but the corrupt and self-centered government did not pay any heed to their sage advice.

He referred to the government as US’ puppets, who had gone beyond the point of no return in their slavery to the US.

Hassan also claimed that the US was playing a double game where it only sought to use Pakistan to strengthen its hold on the region all the while surreptitiously promoting terrorist activities in the country using Indian agents from across the Afghan border to create a conflict between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He accused US and Nato forces for the recurring attacks on Pakistan military posts on the Pak- Afghan border.

Talking about India’s growing influence in Afghanistan, the statement raised alarm that the US was handing development contracts in Afghanistan to India so as to make it a mini-super power, adding that at the same time, it was giving all out help to Indian agencies to destabilise Pakistan. He claimed there was solid evidence pointing towards Indian and Israeli involvement in Balochistan, all with US backing.

JI Secretary General and Chairman Steering Committee of the Difai-e-Pakistan Council Liaquat Baloch said that the government’s decision to restore the Nato supply lines was not acceptable to 180 million Pakistanis and resistance against the move would continue.

In the statement, he said that the US was using all possible tactics to restore the supply routes, adding that the nation was wondering why the military high ups had yielded to Washington’s pressure.