LAHORE - Jamaat e Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that his party would support every effort for restoring peace in the country.

Talking to media men at the Lahore Airport on his return from visit to Iran, he said that the government, the Armed Forces and the political parties must be on one page to ensure the success of the talks process.  He said that a handful of secular elements, dancing to the tunes of foreign powers, wanted to push the country towards chaos and lawlessness.  Liaquat Baloch said there was great concern in Iran over the Shia-Sunni target killings and the abduction of Iranian security guards.

He said if major Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Malaysia reorganised their defence arrangements, the Muslim world could emerge as a strong defence and economic power.

Replying to a question, he said, that Iran government was ready to complete the gas pipeline project with Pakistan if the government picked up courage and resisted the US pressure.

Privatisation under IMF, World Bank pressure

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the government is selling out major national institutions under the pressure of IMF and the World Bank, Zionist controlled bodies, who did not want Pakistan to progress.

Addressing an anti-privatisation rally staged by the National Labour Federation outside Lahore Press Club on Thursday, he warned that the selling out of State run institutions would render thousands of workers jobless and darken the future of the country and the nation. Rising unemployment was bound to increase crime in the society, he warned.

The rally was also addressed by NLF President Shamsur Rahman Swati, Rail Mazdoor Ittehad chief Sh Muhammad Anwar, WAPDA Paigham Union chief SD Saqib, and others.  The JI chief called upon the govt to present an account of the earnings from the privatisation of 167 State controlled institutions during the second term of the N rule before going for fresh privatisation. He said if the rulers were sincere with the country, they should transfer their wealth in the foreign banks to the Pakistani banks so that the country was in a position to dispense with foreign aid received on harsh terms and heavy interest.