LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan said on Wednesday that an immediate announcement of agreed interim set up to hold general elections was vital for controlling the worsening situation in Balochistan, Sindh and other parts of the country.

In a press statement, he said that nobody would buy President Asif Ali Zardari’s idea of local government elections at this stage and such a step would only result in chaos and add to lawlessness in Balochistan and Sindh.

Hasan said the masses wanted to get rid of the present rulers at every cost and they would not allow postponement or delay of the polls. If the PPP and its allies adopted any delaying tactics, the public wrath against them could take any turn, he warned.

He stressed the rulers to change attitude of indifference regarding Balochistan and try to find out a political solution to the problem. Alleging that certain elements within the government were trying to further complicate the Balochistan problem, he said such people must be exposed and taken to task. The policy of finding a military solution to the issue should be given up and way should be paved for a dialogue with the Baloch leadership, he added.

Also, Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has urged the OIC countries and the United Nations to expedite relief measures for the Muslims of Myanmar, where dozens of people have perished during racial riots.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, he also stressed the government to arrange quick supply of tents, food, medicines and other necessities besides mobilising embassy in Burma for relief work.

Baloch demanded of the UN and the OIC to constitute a commission to assess the losses suffered by Myanmar Muslims, and pressurise the government to grant the Muslims their civic rights and also ensure the protection of their life, property and honour.

Dengue cell at Civil Secretariat: The Punjab government has set up dengue cell at Civil Secretariat for keeping close contact with all the departments and collecting information regarding the measures being adopted in connection with anti-dengue. Deputy Secretary Sultan Ibrahim will be –n-charge of the cell.

Also, a vigorous anti-dengue campaign is continuing during which public awareness is being created at street and mohallah level. Entomologists and lady health workers are visiting door to door to check larvae as well as to sensitise the masses about the dangers of dengue.

Distribution of pamphlets and dengue kits are being carried out also through the participation of the elected representatives and political workers in coordination with public health departments.

MPA Haji Allah Rakha distributed pamphlets and anti- dengue kits, and informed the masses about dengue virus at homes and shops in Aziz Bhatti Town on Wednesday. He also inspected some houses, accompanied by entomologists and lady health workers; however, no dengue larvae were found in any house on which he lauded the efforts of political workers and officials of the departments concerned.