LAHORE - Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has said the PML-N government has no right to privatise major national institutions like PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills and the gas company in the last couple of months of its rule and bypassing the Council of Common Interests (CCI)  and the Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he called upon the government to stop the privatization of leading national institutions at throw away prices, only to benefit its favourites. He said the JI would take up the matter in the National Assembly and if need be, before the Supreme Court. He said the government was opening the flood gates of corruption through this imprudent move. JI Information Secretary Amirul Azeem was also present on the occasion.

Liaqat Baloch said that Sui Northern and the Sui Southern companies were earning profit of around fifteen billion rupees per annum. He said the government was planning to divide the companies into sub companies and the profitable part of the company was being privatized. He said the government decision would affect more than seven million consumers and render thousands of employees jobless.

He said the government had also announced import of NLG and gas from TAPI. He said that there was no progress on the agreement for gas import from Iran due to the US pressure.

The JI Secretary General said that an international organization KPNG in its reports, had warned the government that further division of the gas companies would affect the supply system and cause huge losses during the next few years.

Baloch said it was unfortunate that the government was in confrontation with the Supreme Court on the corruption issue and was lowering the image of the supreme judiciary only to protect the interests of one man, which was not in the interest of the country and the nation.