KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Sirajul Haq on Saturday said that he has not come to conquer Karachi but wants to heal the wounds of the city adding that Karachi needs love as the city has suffered a lot due to the hate and violence.

Siraj expressed these views while addressing Karachi Bar Council at City Court here on Saturday. JI chief said that on April 9 lawyers were burnt alive and people were gifted with violence only. Lauding the lawyer’s movement in the Musharraf era he said at the start of the lawyer`s movement an impression was given that it would end soon but the movement emerged as a peak and Jamaat actively supported it. “During dictatorship bar councils were platforms to raise political and human rights issues and the bar has always supported democracy,” he added.

Criticising MQM again, JI Chief said that people trusted MQM more than 10 times but MQM failed to deliver and only gifted violence to the people of the city. He said that the Jamaat is not against any political force and his visit should not be considered as an attempt to conquer Karachi, “I am here to heel the wounds of the Karachi”.

He said that the MQM chief Altaf Hussain does not want to return because of the violence adding that the Jamaat will make the city peaceful so that Altaf can return easily.

Talking about installation of bio-metric system during by-polls in NA-246, he raised question that why authorities were not able to install bio-metric system in a single constituency.

He said that political Jirga has played a vital role in defusing issues adding that a collective effort brought back the PTI members in the parliament. “If this would have not happened, the situation would have been different, we have stopped Martial law,” he added.

Karachi Bar Council president Naeem Qureshi Advocate, also spoke on the occasion. The lawyers welcomed JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq on his arrival at the Bar Council. JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman, and other leaders were also present on the occasion.