KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan chief Munawar Hassan on Monday warned the government that restoration of the NATO supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan could prompt attacks on stability of Pakistan, citing the Nato’s assault on Silala checkpoint of the Pakistan military.

“Zardari and Gilani have, through their tactful manoeuvres, divided the 180 million people of the country into minority units,” he said, and blamed their government for the fast growing poverty. According to the JI chief, it was important to get rid of the

PPP-led government if the rising poverty had to be put under control.

Addressing a huge gathering of party’s women activists at a ground adjacent to Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Gulshan-e Iqbal area, Munawar said the United States wanted to take revenge from Pakistan for its defeat in Afghanistan, for which it offered conditional aid to Pakistan always.

“Our rulers have forgotten that a country cannot survive on foreign aid.”

He further said that whatever had been happening in Afghanistan was a matter of serious concern and the JI could not stay away from it.

He said the United States would again violate the sovereignty of the country by recapping the Silala tragedy after the restoration of NATO supplies. He said that awarding India with the status of Most-Favoured Nation was the agenda of the United States.

Munawar said the government had failed to control prices of essential commodities and it was imperative that the people of the country got rid of it. He said that the only way to overcome the series of crises was that the people themselves brought a change through their votes. He asserted that the military operation was not an option, recalling that a similar operation had bifurcated East Pakistan from West Pakistan.

A similar situation is being witnessed in Balochistan and now Waziristan was also going to be placed under a military operation. “All this is being done at the behest of the United States.”

JI women wing leaders Ayesha Munawar, Durdana Siddiqui, Rana Afzal and others were also present on the occasion.