India should use resources to fight against poverty, not against Pakistan: JI

Published: November 23, 2014
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Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq. PHOTO: INP

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Addressing the concluding session of a three-day Ijtimah of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) at Minar-e-Pakistan, JI Chief Siraul Haq said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should use his country’s resources of to eradicate poverty and hunger in India and not on fighting against Pakistan. 

“If Mr Modi wants to wage a war with Pakistan, he should know that Pakistan could repeat the history of Badr and Hunain, with India suffering huge losses,” he said.

Talking to hundreds of members of minority communities, Haq announced that the JI has decided to resume efforts of building a nation which has no secular differences and one that can live up to the dreams of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The JI chief also reiterated he would bring Dr Afia Siddiqi back from United States, when his party will come to power.

“We will bring back Afia Siddiqi to Pakistan under the same law that let Raymond Davis to go back to his country,” the chief said.

Haq said the rulers of Pakistan would have to decide whether they are the slaves of Obama or Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and that they will have to choose between Washington and Madina.

The JI chief went on to say that the US should stop interfering in the affairs of the country.

Referring to the incumbent government, he stressed that the hypocrisy of the rulers would not be tolerated and if the rulers loved American culture, they should leave the country and spare the nation.
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Reader Comments (42)

  • Rahul
    Nov 23, 2014 - 7:34PM

    Living in the past!

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  • Qahaar
    Nov 23, 2014 - 7:44PM

    “The JI chief also reiterated he would bring Dr Afia Siddiqi back from United States, when his party will come to power.”

    You know this very well that your party will never come to power, that’s too bad for Afia, she is staying in the US jail forever.

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Nov 23, 2014 - 7:55PM

    He should give this advice to his own Govt. That spends half its sinking budget on Military, leaving its millions of poor to fend for themselves.

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  • dude
    Nov 23, 2014 - 7:58PM

    this is not stone age, Mr ji and other chaps

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Nov 23, 2014 - 7:58PM

    Why worry about India, ChaCha?
    You focus on internal problems of Pakistan.

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  • pk
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:02PM

    It’s laughable that more 90% Pakistanis lives below poverty line and remaining 10% lives on Washington doleout, and he has audacity to comment on Indian poverty.Recommend

  • shahid
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:02PM

    Hindu-stan does not need to do so, as there is no poverty in Hindu-stan Watch ZTV , StarTV , E24 TV, other channels, its hipShaking, Breastshowing, legs opening, great women of Hindu-stan, what poverty Mr. Siraj ul Haq??? It is our country Pakistan which is poor as we are Islamic country. Hindu country Hindu-stan cannot and is not poor.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:07PM

    ” “If Mr Modi wants to wage a war with Pakistan, he should know that Pakistan could repeat the history of Badr and Hunain, with India suffering huge losses,” he said.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why 90000 solders of Badr and Hunain also surrendered to Indian forces?
    I apologize for my ignorance.

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:11PM

    and you should rather educate people like munavar hussain to not give stupid statements.

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  • hellboy
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:17PM

    Mullah in Politics(nation building).LOLRecommend

  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:23PM

    Runs among Paki Politicans
    ++++++++++++++++++
    ““We will bring back Afia Siddiqi to Pakistan”
    Just like Bilawal Bhutto announced that he will bring every inch of Kashmir back to Pakistan!

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  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:25PM

    ” JI has decided to resume efforts of building a nation which has no secular differences ”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    After a pause of only 67 years.Best of luck.

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  • abreez
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:29PM

    Good news for JI, Saudi Zakat income touch the figure of SR25 billion.

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  • cautious
    Nov 23, 2014 - 8:35PM

    The JI chief also reiterated he would bring Dr Afia Siddiqi back from United States, when his party will come to power.
    .
    And how’s he going to do that – more importantly why would he want her back? Foolish statements like that make it hard to take anything he says seriously. He might as well promised to cure cancer, leap tall buildings in a single bound or maybe invent a car that runs on water.

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  • Sneha
    Nov 23, 2014 - 9:01PM

    @shahid: “watc tv,E24 tv, hip shaking great woman of Hindustan.”
    Then why are watching such channels? Watch peace tv.
    Height of Hypocracy. Want to judge and belittle woman of 21century on “morals and ethics” and behind the curtains watch the most and increase their TRPs and box office collection in the country.. Google and see in which site list countries tops most turned out to be Islamic countries.. Pakistan faired number one in it.

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  • rofl
    Nov 23, 2014 - 9:25PM

    LOL … his country suffering like anything …. so many dying of hunger in thar …. public suffering from polio…… no gas …. no electricty…… govt begging money from USA and other countries…. every year topping list of failed state….. 3 rd in most terrorist affected country….. acute poverty with more than 70% living in slums….LOL… he is talking about us…….u cant even hold elections properly …cant build a bus by ur self …have lost all wars …90k prisoners of urs were held at as POW…..LOL…… protect ur citizen from hunger ,poverty and bomb blasts that happen everyday…. protect ur minorities that are getting lynched everyday…..protect ur women that are being killed for honour and are being sprayed with acid for shopping ….LOL ….. pakistanis….ahhh….. no wonder !!! so progressive :)
    ET lets’c if u r fair and publish this…… nothing i have written is false….so publish and face the truth…

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  • Tight Patloon
    Nov 23, 2014 - 9:53PM

    Pakistanis deserve mullahs.

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  • wiserneighbour
    Nov 23, 2014 - 10:01PM

    These kind of hallucinating mullahs brought Pakistan to current status.He thinks Pakistan already reached the levels of Switzerland or Norway. While most of the Pakistan is live in poverty and ballance on borrowed money from IMF,he got the audacity to preach India which is the third economic power of the world.

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  • Munna
    Nov 23, 2014 - 10:11PM

    Well, he also gave the message loud and clearly that, “Pakistan should use its resources to fight with India and spread its own poverty there.”Recommend

  • Zo
    Nov 23, 2014 - 10:28PM

    Siraj UL Haq should be focused more on improving lives of fellow Pakistanis, rather than pointing fingers at other people. It is hypocrisy on his part.

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  • Sunil
    Nov 23, 2014 - 11:07PM

    What a joke. Is this the best Pakistani’s have? Look at your own backyard before telling us anything.

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  • R.Subramanian
    Nov 24, 2014 - 2:24AM

    Indian security is not focused on Pakistan alone, India has not problem in east in the form of China, which tries to occupy Indian territories so India has to modernise its army to defend from Chinese aggression…

    Whatever Pakistan does for military is to give trouble for India nothing else Pakistan has to do, but India is not like that. So this argument is completely wrong

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  • DudeFromDC
    Nov 24, 2014 - 4:54AM

    He was speaking in a JI meeting (whatever that is) and why does he have to drag India and Modi into this? Can’t Pakistanis have a meeting without spewing hate of any kind ? What would it take for these so-called leaders to realize the ground reality of the sad little nation that they are “leading” ?

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  • someone
    Nov 24, 2014 - 6:10AM

    Thanks for the advice. We’ll do that but please ask your masters in “establishment” not to train your enthusiastic “workers’ to cause trouble in India.

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  • Old Ravian
    Nov 24, 2014 - 9:25AM

    Well said. Shows a change in JI’s policies. One can see a big vacuum in political scenario of Pakistan and if JI can follow in the footsteps of its sister organization in Turkey, it can make a huge comeback.

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  • blabla
    Nov 24, 2014 - 9:27AM

    @R.Subramanian:
    Learn some basic language skills and then write dufis.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 24, 2014 - 9:39AM

    What % of their budget India is using (wasting) on defense and what % is Pakistan using? The country using higher % of its budget on non productive activities should be ashamed. That money must be used for basic education, healthcare and other civic needs. I am sure JI supporters would not answer my questions.

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  • dr badabullah
    Nov 24, 2014 - 9:49AM

    Since Modi has come to power, Pakistani leaders have become restless and are hallucinating about and attack from India.

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  • Gp65
    Nov 24, 2014 - 10:41AM

    @Mirza:
    You have asked a good question. What part of budget is more relevant than what % of GDP because India collects 75% more taxes on a tax to GDP basis.

    Fyi- In India the total education budget (sum of centre and states) is 60% higher than defense budget.

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  • Professor
    Nov 24, 2014 - 11:01AM

    Hahaha… India has come a long way in the last 20 years and these politicians don’t realize that India’s per capita income is way higher than Pakistan’s. Perhaps, this gentleman does not read the papers. Thousands die each year in Pakistan in Tharparkar of hunger and thirst. Does Pakistan’s nukes make sense in light of this?

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  • Vishi
    Nov 24, 2014 - 2:59PM

    We think is JI chief is living in 1947 april 14, who are you target, what is your Okath to target 26/11 says who is targeting whom. so learn from the history old baby…..

    your mind has not grown from the day of your birth, so you think in the same manner of your predecessors. come out of sand bag

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  • Sunil
    Nov 24, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @Mirza: India 2.5% of GDP and Pakistan 2.7% of GDP, translates into $47,735,000,000 (India) and $6,987,000,000 (Pakistan). Total India is 3rd in the world in 2013 with GDP $6,776 (Billion) and Pakistan is 26th in the world with $835.1 (Billion).

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  • Bharani Komandur
    Nov 24, 2014 - 3:14PM

    It would be really good if these people focus on building good schools and infrastructure with the Billions of USD they get, rather than buy AK47s and build terrorist schools in POK. If terrorism stops, the whole region can prosper like Europe did collectively. As long as Pakistan gives too much importance to these Mullahs and Saudi Arabia backed terrorist organizations, there can be no peace. India is the last country that wants to wage a war. India has always proposed friendship, but it is Pakistan that has always back-stabbed us. We sent Bus to Lahore, and they sent their Army into Kashmir.

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  • Asok
    Nov 24, 2014 - 11:47PM

    The bottom line is JI chief is perpetuating the myth that India is forcing war on Pakistan.

    India is not doing anything of the sort. It is a status quo power w.r.t. Pakistan. There are no objectives that it wants to achieve by starting a war with Pakistan.

    The purpose of such statements by some Pakistani leaders is to uphold the ideological position that India is enemy country. In reality, the lives of ordinary Pakistanis would be better off if Pakistan gave up enmity with India and pursued economic integration. Some people in Pakistan wants to prevent this because there own power is based on an ideological foundation built on enmity with India. In the end, they are only screwing their own countrymen, but ideological purity is more important to them.

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  • DM
    Nov 25, 2014 - 12:04AM

    No sir.. Gone are the days ..we don’t need to utilize our resource to fight with Pakistan.We have lot better work do ..And believe me the work is perfectly under progress since 1991.Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 25, 2014 - 1:07AM

    ” India should use resources to fight against poverty, not against Pakistan: JI”
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    And Pakistan? Pakistan should use resources to develop the fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world: (ET report).

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 25, 2014 - 7:15AM

    @cautious:
    Dear cautious,
    As usual, you are off balance. Dr Afia Siddiqui, a national heroine, who has done nothing wrong is languishing in a US prison for 86 years. Mr Raymond Davis who shot two men in the back in Lahore, and his buddies who killed a few others in their frantic rush to the crime scene are currently enjoying their freedom in America. Go figure? However, moving on, JI Chief Siraul Haq made a very wise remark in regard to India looking after its poor, and of course this should apply to most countries around the world. Obviously, from previous and current experience, his advice will be ignored as will my comments. It is very apparent that most ET readers do not appreciate wise advise. This is a second attempt to get past ET moderators, and it may get through because most readers have now lost interest in the subject

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  • Arjun
    Nov 25, 2014 - 7:48AM

    India’s per-capita income is not “way” higher than Pakistan’s. In PPP terms, it’s just $5100 vs $4300 per year. And India just crossed Pakistan in 2009, not too long ago. Pakistan has 1/10 the population of India’s and can easily race ahead once it fixes its problems. Indians should not be gloating – it’ll be to our own detriment.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 25, 2014 - 9:59AM

    @pk:
    Dear pk,
    At least 50% of Indians are living at or below the poverty line, and only 20% of Indians are living well. Pakistan is in a similar situation and the sooner you people grow up the better.

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  • md
    Nov 25, 2014 - 12:30PM

    trillion dollars economy can’t be poor my dear friend……few states in India re richer than pakistan

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  • ak
    Nov 25, 2014 - 3:54PM

    @Arjun : per capita income in itself is not indication of country’s potential.There are many other indicators (like gdp, growth rate of diff sectors, literacy, research, job generation, entrepreneurship, no of graduates, standard of education, technical as well s soft skills, presence of nationals in imp tech/sc fields/organizations). When these indicators are looked in conjugation , thast might give you an idea of country’s outlook for future. To be honest (and i am not gloating), India dies have its problem but has good resource pool and smart people with some conducive atmosphere.We do have problems galore, but with some effort can really make a good progress.

    While Pakistan , there not so much hope if there is no internal churning. haven’t heard any strong voice coming and asking for it. They are still gung ho about Afia siddiqui and Taseer’s killer. Rabbani Khar says in Nepal that Pakistan is for Muslims only, and she doesn’t care about minorities.Pakistan’s image in world is damaged irreparably
    @Sexton Blake: You do know its “%”. India has a much bigger population, and number of entrepreneurs and self made rich people are growing very fast. The new upper middle class is one of the faster rising in the world. We do have problems, but we are aware of it. Please dont compare India with Pakistan, not because I think india is superior, but because i think Pakistan is still not there to be compared with any developing nation. Look within as your country has some serious problem and very few people want to find a solution for that

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  • Architect
    Nov 26, 2014 - 10:57PM

    You may not agree with his ideology.. but he is emerging as a people’s leader.
    I don’t follow his ideology but I’ve heard his opponents praising him for his hard work & honesty as a finance minister in KPK govt. He may looks like a mullah to u ppl but he has a Masters degree in political science.
    He lives among the people. His own house is a two rooms brick house with no plaster. He is son of a poor labour. He had opened schools in his constituency for both girls & boys. I’ve heard that he had been seen using public transports several times. I read in a newspaper column that one time on a 3 days official visit to Islamabad as a financial minister of KPK, he spent only 800 rupees (travel & stay included).
    I have researched on him & now I am starting to like him.. Just listen to him, u may not agree with his ideology and I bet u will like him too. Bcoz he is a true man.

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