LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said the party would not attend the all-party conference convened by the Awami National Party.

Addressing his workers from Fata, Karachi and Balochistan at the JI central workshop at Mansoora on Tuesday, he said that the ANP convened the APC to hide its misdeeds during the five years as a coalition partner of the PPP.

Baloch said the ANP had been following the US agenda for the past five years. “It (ANP) has practically supported the US imperialism, drone attacks and Blackwater conspiracies. Now, the ANP wants to use the APC to hide its black deeds and clear its position,” he said, adding, the ‘so-called’ Ulema conference in Afghanistan was also being held at the behest of the US and therefore, the genuine and true Ulema of Pakistan won’t attend it.

To a question, he said that elections were inevitable in the present situation and no world power could delay the polls. He warned that any unconstitutional measure at this juncture would be tantamount to the murder of democracy, the constitution and the judiciary. Baloch said that the Election Commission enjoyed the confidence of all political and democratic parties in the country. Representatives of all the parties had been attending the Election Commission meetings and had reposed their trust. He further said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan was handling Dr Tahirul Qadri’s petition in accordance with the law and the constitution. He said the country was passing through a critical time and could not afford any adventure.

Addressing the delegates from Khyber PK who came to attending the JI central workshop at Mansoora on Tuesday, he stressed the nation and the democratic parties to get united against such a conspiracy.

Talking to the delegates, JI chief Munawar Husan said: “Some forces have ganged up to delay the election and the pro-democratic parties should jointly fight against such attempts.”

The term of the assemblies was expiring after a month but the date for their dissolution and the elections had not been announced as yet. This was giving rise to numerous questions and apprehensions, he said. He stressed that the Pakistan government and the armed forces should give a positive response to the Taliban’s offer for talks and added that issues were decided through talks and not by war.

He condemned the continuing target killings in Karachi and said the port city was in the grip of target killers and the people felt themselves insecure. He said the situation in Karachi and Sindh called for a review of the PPP’s policy of reconciliation and the immediate removal of the Sindh Governor to restore peace in the province and Karachi.