LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has asked the rulers to bring back their wealth from foreign countries to Pakistan.

Addressing party backed Engineering Forum at Mansora yesterday, he slammed government for restricting all economic activities to only China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Metro Train projects.

“The government neglected many other engineering fields and only focusing on CPEC and Metros. Engineers are disappointed,” he said.

The JI chief said that PML-N promise to end load shedding had proved hollow as outages continued despite the approach of winter.

“The energy crisis is hitting hard industry and agriculture sectors. Workers and farmers are on roads in protest. The government failed to build new dams.” Haq said the government also failed to improve education and health sectors. He added the richest class could only get admission in the medical and engineering institutions while poor fathers could not even think of providing higher education to their children.

He said that a cruel and exploitative system prevailed in the country and the common man was unable to meet his basic demands. He said that in such a situation, it was necessary that the educated and sober section of the society came forward to lead the nation and to get rid of the corrupt politicians and colonial agents.

“Unless and until the rulers bring their wealth lying abroad to the country, neither the investment nor can economy of Pakistan can improve,” he said.

Indirectly criticizing the ruling elite, Haq added that those who plundered billion of the public money and deposited it in their personal accounts abroad would have to be hauled up. He said that only a strict and indiscriminate accountability could control corruption and misuse of funds. He said that the performance of accountability institutions so far was not satisfactory.

Sirajul Haq said the JI had set up forums in all spheres including doctors, engineers, lawyers, farmers and workers, which would try to improve their working and bring forward prominent people.