LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to secure release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui from the United States, besides seeking an end to drones operation inside Pakistani territory.

“Eighty-six year jail term to Dr Aafia, without any evidence, is murder of justice, and a question mark on the US judicial system,” Hasan said in a statement released here Saturday.  The Jamaat chief called on Prime Minster Sharif to press for release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and an end to drone attacks during his meeting with US President Barack Obama.

He said no solid steps had been taken towards release of Dr Aafia although the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had, before the May elections, held out promises of her early release and an end to drone attacks.

Hasan said the bias of the US judicial system towards Islam and the Muslims was fully reflected in Aafia Siddiqi’s case.

He said terrorist activity in any part of the world was being linked to Islam and the Muslims. The US had been continuing the massacre of the Muslims under the garb of so-called war on terror.

“In Iraq, thousands of Muslims have been put to the gallows on the baseless propaganda of WMD’s, while in Afghanistan, millions of Afghans have been killed over charge of the 9/11 mayhem, but the United Nations and International Court of Justice have not showed the courage to raise their voice against US aggression,” the JI chief added.

He said if Dr Aafia could be jailed for 86 years for raising a gun on an American soldier, then former US presidents Clinton and George Bush, the CIA chief and other army generals deserved to be hanged for their crimes against humanity.

Hasan further said the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim mindset of the US was a great threat to the world peace. He said if the world community did not condemn the US attitude and continued with its double standards, the sword of a third world war would keep hanging over its heads.

JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch meanwhile condemned the terrorist attack that killed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Law Minister Israrullah Gandapur. He said enemies of peace and Pakistan were involved in targeted killing and bloodshed in the country. He said the real objective of the enemy was to sabotage the peace talks with the Taliban. He said continuous terrorist activities in Khyber were part of a plan designed to push those in favour of dialogue with the Taliban to the wall.

He said that talks were possible if the political and military leaders were determined to implement the decision of the APC and Parliament.

He said the enemy wanted this country to collapse and surrender to the evil designs of the colonial powers. Therefore, he said, the whole nation should unite against such hostile forces.

Baloch said the US was pulling out of Afghanistan and India was facing a dark future after the US failure in the region. “This is the time the Pakistan army, intelligentsia, political forces and the masses stood for protecting independence, sovereignty, honour and solidarity. He said India’s continuing and unprovoked firing along the Line of Control was practically a declaration of war and the martyrdom of the Rangers and innocent civilians exposed the bloody face of the Indian government.