LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq said on Tuesday that the silence of the nation’s rulers over United States (US) President Barrack Obama’s support for the Indo-US nuclear deal and the country’s bid to gain permanent representation at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could not be fathomed.
He was speaking to reporters in Mansoora. Haq said India was an aggressor and had suppressed Kashmiris for six decades. He said India had forced three wars on Pakistan. Haq said American support for India’s UNSC bid despite this background was ‘a great injustice.’ “We do not want to fight the US. But the nation cannot accept American stooges as its rulers,” he added.
Haq said peace could not be achieved in the region without resolving the Kashmir dispute. He said the party would stage rallies and organise seminars and procession nationwide on February 5 to express solidarity with those struggling to liberate Kashmir.
Haq said the country’s foreign policy history was a series of failures. ‘The rulers in Islamabad have been serving American interests instead of national interest.’ He said the US stood shoulder-to-shoulder with India today but our Pakistani leaders compelled to watch in silence.
He said the Indo-US nuclear deal would imperil regional peace. Haq said the US had concluded defence and trade agreements with India.
Haq said on assuming office Obama had assured the world that he was committed to resolving all global disputes including Kashmir but he was now propping up India as a ‘regional policeman’ and assisting it in destabilising Pakistan through Afghanistan.
He said the people needed a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. Haq said it was the government’s responsibility to normalise the political situation before elections to the senate. He said the constitution of a judicial commission to probe electoral malpractices was not a demand peculiar to the PTI. He said it was incumbent on all parties to rise above their differences and join hands to help the nation overcome the challenges confronting it.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2015.