LAHORE - Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan on Saturday came hard on the US for teaching army personnel anti-Islamic literature and setting their mind for attacking Muslims’ holy cities of Makkah and Medina.

In a statement issued from Mansoora on Saturday, he said announcement from the former US president Bush to wage a Crusade against Muslim countries was not merely a slip of tongue. “In fact, the US had declared “Crusade” against the Muslims at the very moment when it attacked Afghanistan,” he added. He said that the US had invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims and now it had besieged Pakistan. Syed Munawar Hasan said now the time had come that Muslim rulers must realize the situation that the US was never friendly to them and would never be in future as well. He said the JI from the very first day had warned the rulers that NATO alliance was against Muslims and had been created for the vested interests of the west, but Musharraf surrendered to the US for dollars.

He warned that if the government did not withdraw from the ‘war on terror’ it would be tantamount to waging a war, not only against the nation, but the entire Ummah. He emphasized that the OIC session be immediately called and Muslim rulers chalk out a strategy to counter the challenges.

Meanwhile, Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Liaqat Baloch has said that the culprits of Karachi carnage on May 12, 2007 must be brought to justice.

In a statement issued from Mansoora on Saturday, he deplored that the offenders had not been identified even after five years of the tragedy.

“The blood of victims of the Karachi killing is demanding of the apex court to bring the responsible to justice and they be given the exemplary punishment,” he added.

He claimed that the whole nation witnessed terrorists of MQM killing innocent people and lawyers but the Supreme Court did not take any action against them. “A year ago the apex court took Suo Moto on Karachi situation but no one dared to take any measure against those who found guilty in court proceedings, he said.