LAHORE -  Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has condemned the stoppage of electricity and gas supplies to the Punjab industry, stating that the government is creating an artificial energy crisis to make out a case for the import of electricity and gas from India under US pressure.

In a statement on Tuesday, he said that the industry was already breathing its last because of worst loadshedding and electricity crisis and the stoppage of gas would aggravate the situation further.

The JI chief said that the US, having suffered a humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, had now fixed its eyes on Kashmir and was pressuring Islamabad to accept India’s supremacy and give up its rightful claim on Kashmir, to complete US agenda. 

He said the PML-N’s attempts for friendship and trade with India had already done incalculable harm, as Pakistan had always been at a loss in trade with India.

At the same time, India had ruined Pakistan’s agriculture by building dams on our rivers and now plans were being made to provide the Indian products an access to Pakistani markets in the name of trade, he said.

He warned that if US was successful in its evil designs, Pakistan would become permanently dependent on India and thus lose its independent position.

Munawar said the PML-N, in its election manifesto, had made tall promises of creating maximum job opportunities and developing the local industry, but its leadership after coming into power, had forgotten all as its policies were resulting in the closure of the existing industry, rendering millions of workers jobless.

Meanwhile, JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch have strongly condemned the brutal murder of eight members of a family in Jauhar town area on Tuesday.

In a joint statement, they stressed upon the law-enforcement agencies to immediately nab the killers and bring them to book. They expressed condolences with the relatives of the victims and prayed for the departed souls of the killed persons.