LAHORE – Leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, while saying that the audience of Saturday’s address to the joint sitting of the Parliament by President Asif Zardari was not the common man, remarked that there was no substance in his claims regarding establishing the supremacy of the Constitution and the laws in the last four years.

JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan, in a statement issued here, said that the President’s claims regarding controlling inflation and devising plans to overcome the energy crisis were totally untrue. He said, as for as the supremacy of the Constitution was concerned, the President was the symbol of the federation and was supposed to be above party politics. He said that the electricity tariff had been constantly rising while the government of Zardari’s party had also failed in supplying electricity to the masses in spite of the capacity to produce the requisite quantity. He added that the government had been printing currency notes of more than one and half billion rupees every day which had spurred the inflation in the country.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the PTI’s vice chairman, and Shafqat Mehmood, its central spokesman maintained that the current set-up led by President Zardari’s PPP was the most inefficient and corrupt in the history of the country. They said that the President’s claims regarding making efforts to resolve some major problems facing the country were totally false, as the PPP-led government had completely paralyzed the economy in the last four years. They said that industrialist and trader community was shifting their businesses to Bangladesh, China and Dubai due to the government failure to control the energy crisis and poor economic policies.

They said that the tariff of the electricity and gas were increased on several times in the last four years, however the masses have been provided electricity only for eight hours. The PTI’s central leaders said that the agriculture had also been damaged by the incumbent rulers by increasing the rates of fertilizer and diesel.

They said that President and his party men making mockery of the Constitution and law by not acting upon the directions of the Supreme Court.