LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has said that Advisor for Foreign Affairs’ visit to India was ill-timed and ill-advised in the prevailing tense situation.

In a statement issued from JI head office Mansora on Monday, Siraj said Sartaj Aziz brought disgrace instead of good name to the country from Amratsar’s Heart of Asia Conference.

He said that New Delhi’s attitude towards Islamabad was of hatred and deceit. “India is not willing to include the Kashmir issue in the talks agenda yet the Pakistani rulers are dying for friendship with her. Unprovoked shelling from India continues in Occupied Kashmir and it kills dozens of our citizens.”

Siraj said Afghanistan was a neighbor and an old friend of Pakistan but India was arousing it against Pakistan in a bid to achieve her nefarious agenda. He said that preventing the Foreign Advisor from talking to the media was sheer Hindu mentality.

He said that unfortunately the goal of the country’s foreign policy still remained undecided.

“Our Foreign Policy is based on sudden happenings and tragedies and the government has never thought of a durable and strong foreign policy”, he said, adding had the foreign policy been any priority of the rulers, a full time Foreign Minister would have been appointed since long.

Meanwhile, JI chief strongly condemned the government steps against the media and said the rulers wanted to stifle every voice against them.

Addressing journalists’ protest at The Mall, he said media was the ears, eyes and tongue of the nation and the closure of the TV channels was tantamount to blindfolding the nation’s eyes and chopping off its tongue. H

e said the media had always voiced the grievances of the oppressed and the poor sections in the society.

He said that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seemed to have forgotten the time when his party workers had abandoned him but the media had stood by him and become his voice. He said that the attitude of the political rulers brought up by dictators was far from democratic.