LAHORE/KARACHI - Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan has stressed upon the federal government to convene an All Parties Conference and take the Balochistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwah governments on board to chalk out a joint strategy against the menace of terrorism.

In a press statement issued here Sunday, he said the federal government should frame a policy to curb the terror attacks took place in Ziarat, Quetta and Karachi, giving priority to dialogue process with Taliban. He said the terror attacks at the Quaid’s Residency in Ziarat and students bus in Quetta were highly serious matters which brought bad name to the country. He said involvement of Indian spy agency, RAW, in the attacks could not be ruled out. He said the JI had since long been advising the rulers to dialogue with Taliban for restoring peace in the country.

The JI head said it’s quite ironical that the US itself is negotiating with Taliban, but Islamabad is being prevented from adopting the same course. “Whenever there was some headway in that direction, Washington sabotaged the process.” He said if the PML-N government failed to take any decision in this regard, the masses would be justified to form an opinion about its inability of taking a bold step against the US interests. He said the new strategy should also ensure an end to the military operations, drone attacks and issue of missing person.

Munawwar said the JI has accepted election results only to save the country from chaos; otherwise the whole nation knew the worth of the electoral process held in Karachi, Hyderabad and FATA, where the JI mandate was stolen. He said the MQM was keen to join the Sindh government to escape from the clutches of law as it could not afford to remain out of power.  Earlier, Munawwar addressed the JI office-bearers and candidates from Lahore. Others who spoke on the occasion included JI secretary general Liaqat Baloch and JI Punjab chief MPA Dr Syed Wasim Akhtar.

Meanwhile, JI acting Chief Karachi Barjees Ahmed has strongly criticised the long hours of loadshedding in the City.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, Barjees Ahmed while criticising the performance of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), said that the KESC management has plunged the City into darkness.

He said that the people are in mental agony due to prolonged loadshedding for 10 to 12 hours and shortage of water supply in different areas of the City. However, the government and KESC management have completely turned a blind eye over the power and water crisis during scorching summer, he added.

“It is an unjust act that those innocent citizens who are paying electricity bills regularly have been deprived of electricity, while the KESC management is providing uninterrupted power supply to the influential personalities”, he said.

He further said that the students, women, elderly people and patients are badly affected by the unannounced loadshedding in the City.

JI leader demanded of the government to take immediate action to end unannounced loadshedding in the City and bound KESC to provide uninterrupted power supply.