LAHORE - The highest decision-making body of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Monday discussed the ISPR’s statement against its chief’s viewpoint about the death of Hakimullah Mehsud and decided to write a letter to the prime minister that the army could not be given the right to interfere in what it called political matters.

The JI Shura did not tender apology over Syed Munawar Hasan’s statement, nor did it take the same back as was demanded by the ISPR. This implies that the JI stands by the statement of its amir that Hakimullah is a martyr as he lost his life in a US drone attack.

The Shura’s point of view is different from the clarification given by Dr Farid Paracha a day before that Syed Munawar Hasan’s statement reflected his personal views.

Speaking to media people after a meeting, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said the army had no right to interfere in political matters. However, Baloch said the JI chief did not deride the army. He said the primary issues at present were the NATO supplies and end to the drone attacks, but certain elements having a negative approach and ulterior motives were creating confusion, turning these national demands into irrelevant issues.

Flanked by JI deputy chiefs, Dr Muhammad Kamal and Sirajul Haq, Baloch said the meeting had discussed the current situation in the country besides the political and non-military press release issued by the ISPR calling for an explanation from the JI.

The meeting, he said, was of the view that the armed forces had no right to directly interfere in politics. He said the meeting had decided to draw the attention of the federal government to the matter as the armed forces’ right to interfere in politics could not be accepted at all.

TALIBAN LAUD JI CHIEF’S REMARKS: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Monday praised Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan for calling Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr.

“Munawar Hassan’s terming Mehsud a martyr proves that the party is returning towards the philosophy of Abul Ala Maududi,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

He said the high-level meeting, however, wondered how the numerous resolutions of the JI and the policy statements of Munawar Hassan paying tributes to the jawans and officers of the armed forces and the security institutions and their martyrs, including those of Salala and Upper Dir could be ignored by the military high-ups.

The meeting also resolved that Pakistan must be pulled out of the US war forthwith as it was the continuation of military dictator Pervez Musharraf’s policy. The meeting asserted the JI would continue to struggle for the national security, freedom of the country from the US slavery and protection of the ideological as well as geographical boundaries of the country.

The meeting, chaired by Syed Munawar Hasan, was attended by JI deputy chiefs, Ch Aslam Saleemi, Dr Muhammad Kamal, Sirajul Haq, Maulana Abdul Maalik, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Hafiz Sajid Anwar and others.