LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has reiterated that patriotic forces should get united and form a grand alliance to get rid of Zardari-led government to avoid rigging in upcoming elections.

He said this during a meeting with Pakistan Awami Mahaz delegation led by its President Arshad Ch and Secretary General Manzoor Gillani here at Mansoora on Saturday.

Hasan said the rulers were using different tactics to delay general elections for another year. “If the patriotic forces do not form any alliance the rulers will get another chance to fulfill their agenda,” he added.

Arshad Ch assured the JI chief of his cooperation to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. JI leaders Liaqat Baloch, Ch Muhammad Aslam Saleemi, Dr Muhammad Kamal, Sirajul Haq, Dr Fareed Paracha, Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar, Mian Maqsood, Zafar Jamal Baloch and Ameerul Azeem were also present.

US pullout demanded: JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has demanded the US pull out its forces from the region for the sake of peace.

In a statement issued on Saturday, he deplored that hundreds of innocent people, including women and children, had been killed in the drone attacks. He said the drone strikes should be stopped and the international community must feel its negligence over the violation of human rights and international laws.

Baloch demanded the US avoid supporting India for initiating subversive activities in Pakistan and the international community should play its role in resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN resolutions.

He urged the government to recover the missing people and adopt result-oriented and peaceful dialogue for solving political and economical problems. He said the government should act upon the Parliament resolutions to get rid of US intervention in the domestic affairs.