PESHAWAR –  Commenting on the Indian Foreign Minister’s visit to Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer, Syed Munawar Hassan said on Saturday that the New Delhi’s present polices towards Pakistan reflected that it wanted to influence Islamabad in order to gain supremacy in the region.  

“The United States wants to have maximum Indian influence in the region to gain its desirable objectives before quitting a prolonged war in Afghanistan,” JI chief said while addressing a press conference on Saturday here at the residence of JI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, General Secretary Shabir Ahmad Khan in Afghan Colony.

Munawar Hassan said that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s statements were on the record that India had intentions to destabilise Pakistan. Pakistan should not prioritise trade agreement with India over the core issue of Kashmir, he said, adding there has been a long struggle for Kashmiris’ self-determination and to get rid of the clutches of Indian hooliganism. He urged the government to take firm stance on the core issue, as it would get more complicated in future. He stated that terrorism was being ‘cultivated’ in India, adding that involving Pakistan in terrorist acts was not fair.

JI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Ameer Prof Ibrahim Khan, General Secretary Shabir Ahmad Khan, Secretary Information Israrullah and JI, Fata, Ameer Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid were present on the occasion.

Munawar Hassan further said that there was a need to refrain from aggression and humiliation of Kashmiris, adding that Pakistan would not leave Kashmiris in the lurch and would continue supporting its freedom movement, as they were fighting a war for Pakistan. He alleged that the US wanted to destabilise the Muslim world by declaring them terrorists, although the Americans were involved in spread of terrorism in the world through its imperialistic policies. He said the government failed to frame independent and sovereign foreign policy, adding that the policies were being devised for vested interests, due to which the situation was going from bad to worst with each passing day in the country.

Regarding the Indian Foreign Minister SM Khrisna’s visit to Pakistan, he said the India wanted to gain influence in this region by building more pressure on Pakistan. Referring to granting India the status of Most Favored Nation (MFN), he said that no measures were taken to protect the interests of local industry before extending the facility. He termed it a conspiracy against Pakistan to enhance Indian influence in the region.

The US has intentions to take control over the natural resources of Muslim world, he said. He said the US was hiding its failure in the prolonged so-called war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Despite the decade long war in the region, he said the US failed to defeat Afghan warriors. About the alleged presence of Haqqani network, he said the network was not operating in Pakistan. He urged the government to detach Pakistan from the war on terrorism.

Regarding to the present political situation, he said his party would take part in the protest against promulgation of ‘Sindh Local Government Ordinance’ on Thursday in Sindh. He said in the upcoming general elections, JI alliance or seat-to-seat adjustment with any political party was possible, whereas keeping in view the particular political scenario of a province, it was also possible to decide to extend support to various political parties in different provinces. He also said that JI nominated its candidates for the National and Provincial Assemblies seats to take part in the general elections in the country. He said that the incumbent government and its allies were try to delay general elections.  Regarding the revival of former alliance of all active religio-political parties, JI chief said that restoration of Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has become a serious issue, while Jamiat Ulama Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) is further complicating it by giving negative statements.

He added that JUI-F would have to part ways with President Zardari and PPP government. He said bringing improvement in relations among the religious parties in the alliance was also necessary.

He informed that a high level negotiating team of JI had met JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman thrice, but it seemed that Maulana was not ready to say goodbye to Zardari government. It is quite necessary to know about the reasons behind the dissolution of MMA, he said adding to avoid any difference in future after the restoration of the alliance.   

Regarding the looming military operation in North-Waziristan Agency, he said that the situation would further get worsen if the offensive was started.