LAHORE  - JUP-Noorani central shura on Sunday elected Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Sahibzada Ahmed Mian and Shah Muhammad Awais Noori as the party president, senior vice president and general secretary respectively.
The party election held in the supervision of a 3-member committee led by Prof Javed Awan. The central shura meeting was attended by over 250 members from across the country which also elected Shah Awais Noorani as chairman of JUP’s supreme council. As per details, there were three contenders for the office of president including Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Qari Zawar Bahadur and Shah Awais Noorani. However, Bahadur and Noorani took back their nominations resulted in unopposed election of Pir Ejaz Hashmi as the president. For the seat of general secretary, five people including Awais Noorani, Zawar Bahadur Abdul Hakeem Inqalabi, Shahzad Chishti and Mufti Jamil Rizvi were the contenders but the four contestants took back their nominations and Shah Awais Noorani was elected unopposed for the seat.
An oath-taking ceremony was also held where Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat Amir Pir Mian Abdul Khaliq took oath from the newly-elected office bearers.
Talking to media on the occasion, the newly-elected president and general secretary said that the government should take immediate steps for the establishment of peace in the country. Welcoming the announcement of ceasefire by Taliban, they said if the government’s incompetence would be proved if it failed to ensure peace in the country.
GOVT’S ECONOMIC POLICIES A FAILURE: JI
The economic policies of the PML-N government during its first six months have been a complete failure and have added to the poverty, price hike and unemployment, said Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and JI Economic Committee Secretary and former member of FBR Sarfraz Ahmed Khan.
Addressing a Press conference at Lahore Press Club on Sunday, they said that the agricultural, industrial and economic revolutions which the PML-N had promised to the people in its election campaign seemed to be a nightmare and the country had been driven far away from the goal of development and economic prosperity.
They said that the PML-N had promised bringing down the budget deficit to four per cent, raising the tax-GDP ratio from nine per cent to 15 per cent by 2018, reducing the inflation to 8/9 per cent, raising the Investment-GDP ration to 20 per cent, 8 per cent growth in industrial production and exempting all exports from sales tax, but none of these targets could be achieved during the last eight months.
The JI’s Economic Committee suggested to the government to bring the POL prices at the international level, get rid of the IMF besides strict control on the electricity and gas thefts and their line losses. It also called for lowering the indirect and direct taxes, reducing the difference between incomes and expenses and ensuring an equitable distribution of wealth.
They also called for a thorough study of the privatisation of the State institutions in the past by independent bodies to find out how far the government had achieved its goal, about the transparency of the privatisation process, and also the benefits drawn by the parties/ individuals who got these institutions.
They also demanded immediate suspension of the process of privatisation of another 34 institutions to stop their sell out on throw away prices, and also to prevent unemployment of thousands of workers. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan presented a detailed analysis of the PML-N’s election manifesto and its performance so far.
He said during the last six months, the government had raised the petrol price by Rs 30 per liter causing steep rise in the prices of essential goods and food items. Due to this, about 40 per cent of the population had gone below the poverty line, he said.
He said the government had made the tall claim of bringing down the value of the US dollar equal to Rs 91, but at present dollar value stood at Rs 107, which had raised the quantum of the foreign loans abnormally.
He said that the government which raised the slogan of trade, not aid, had obtained loan of 6.7 billion dollars from the IMF on most stringent terms and this huge amount was to be utilised simply on the payment of the previous loans.
He said at present, Pakistan was at the top of the list of 27 under-debt countries who had to spent 30 per cent of their GDP on payment of loans during the present financial year.
He said that the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had admitted that Pakistan had secured loan of 32.85 million dollars from the Islamic Development Bank on 2.7 per cent interest rate, and a Saudi Arabian loan of 100 million dollars on two per cent interest rate had also been approved.
There was another 1.70 billion dollar loan from the World bank, The Bank consortium was giving 505 million dollars. A loan of one billion dollars would be received under the Euro bonds scheme, he added.
He said that the Finance Minister had claimed that the forex reserves would go up to 15 billion dollars by the next year, adding, that foreign loans had risen to 76 million dollars while fresh loans were being received from abroad. He further said that according to the Finance Minister, currency notes totalling 6.72 trillion rupees had been issued.
Of these, 4.66 trillion rupees had been issued  in exchange of old notes while  fresh currency notes amounting to Rs 2.72 trillion had been issued during this period. During this short period, the government had obtained loan amounting to Rs. 750 billion from the State Bank, he said.
KARACHI TO BE MADE CITY OF PEACE: Staff Reporter from Karachi adds: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has vowed to make Karachi, a City of peace and harmony.  He expressed these views while addressing a party meeting in connection with the membership campaign at Idara-e-Noor Haq.
JI Karachi Chief stressed upon the need that the party workers should move door-to-door and contact the people assuring them that the JI was the only party which had struggled hard for the basic rights of the masses and will eliminate targeted killing, extortion, lawlessness and other crimes from the City.
On the occasion, Hafiz Naeem directed the office-bearers to use their all available resources for making the campaign effective and result-oriented.
JI Karachi Naib Ameer Narsullah Khan Shajih said that anti-State elements despite their nefarious designs and conspiracies could not succeed to remove the love of Islam and Pakistan from the heart of masses.
JI leaders including Abdul Wahab, Rashid Qureshi and officer-bearers of party various wings were present during the meeting.
It is pertinent to mention here that JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has formally announced the public contact campaign from March 10 to March 23 in a Press conference few days ago.