LAHORE - Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar and Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq, at a joint press conference held at Mansoora Saturday afternoon, impressed upon the parties to demonstrate a highly positive attitude in order to pull the country out of the present critical situation.

Talking to newsmen after a detailed meeting with the JI chief, Governor Ch Sarwar commended the role of the JI chief in uniting the national leadership and seeking solution to the political problems through negotiations. He said that except for a few points, there was national consensus on all the demands put forth by the JI, Imran Khan or other parties. The governor observed elimination of poverty, unemployment and lawlessness and resolving the energy crisis were the demands of the entire nation.  The governor also lauded JI’s role in promoting the Islamic teachings all over the world and said the JI had rendered commendable services for strengthening the association of the younger generation with Islam and Pakistan.

On the occasion, the JI chief said the overall attitude of PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT Chairman Tahirul Qadri had been positive and they had specially directed their workers to remain peaceful. The government, the ministers and the politicians should review their attitude in order to avoid tension and confrontation. He said the two sides should begin dialogue for resolving the issues through mutual understanding. They should beware of the elements trying to add fuel to fire, he added.

Sirajul Haq said it was the demand of the nation that the electoral system be made transparent and it was the responsibility of the political leadership to devise an election system wherein there was no chance of rigging. He also supported the genuine demands of the PAT chief. He expressed the hope that the national leadership would be able to steer the country out of the crisis.

A set of the writings of JI Deputy Amir Hafiz Muhammad Idrees was presented to the governor on the occasion.

Earlier, the governor held a one-hour meeting with the JI leadership. Liaquat Baloch, Hafiz Idrees, Farid Paracha, Ameerul Azeem and Dr Waseem were also present on the occasion.