LAHORE - Jamaat e Islami Chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the US Congress decision of linking the US aid to Pakistan with the release of Shakil Afiridi, the doctor who helped CIA track down Osama Bin Laden, proved beyond doubt that Pakistan’s traitors enjoy full US backing.

Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he said that the fake doctor who helped Washington achieve its designs by launching a bogus anti-polio campaign had done great harm to the polio campaign in the country.  Munawar said that the US was tightening its noose against Pakistan and demanding lifting the visa restrictions for US officials in this country while the incompetent rulers had pledged the country with the US and the IMF simply to prolong their rule for financial aid.  He said that the IMF was a trap and it would gradually destroy the country’s economy. The JI chief noted that there was a surge in the wave of terrorism after the discussion of talks with the Taliban had begun.

He said this was a clear indication that the forces opposing the talks had become active to sabotage the talks process.

He said this casual attitude of the government was a cause of deep concern for the masses while innocent people were falling victim to terrorism every day.

Referring to the Karachi situation, he said that action had been going on the port City for months yet target killing and terrorism could not be controlled.

The murder of a senior police officer in Karachi had raised several questions, he added.

He said that the culprits held for target killing were stated to belong to a political party but nobody dared to name the party. 

Munawar said that terrorism was spreading fast all over the country and the bomb blast at the Tableeghi centre, Peshawar had done heavy loss of life and property.

The JI chief also wondered why Prime Minister was in a hurry for the privatisation of the major State institutions, and stressed that the matter being so important, must be discussed by the Parliament and an official commission be formed to assess the gains and the losses of the privatisation.