Rulers harming democratic system, says Siraj

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq yesterday said that the 2018 elections seemed to be uncertain and some people were raising dust by talking of national and technocrats government.

He was talking to the media at JI head quarters Mansoora after the opening session of the JI Shoora.

He said that the undemocratic attitude of the rulers had done great harm to the democratic system in the country. However, he added that the cure of a weak democracy was also democracy.

He said that the PML-N government was mired in corruption.

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif had been disqualified, Ishaq Dar had been sacked, the Law Minister had resigned and the clouds of despondency were visible on the faces of the other Ministers as well.   

The JI chief ,however, said that in order to overcome despair, it was imperative to establish supremacy of the Constitution, the elections were held on schedule and strict accountability of the corrupt was carried out.  He said that the present government had neither implemented its election manifesto nor fulfilled its election promises. Poverty, lawlessness, price hike and illiteracy were the gifts of the rulers, he added.

Sirajul Haq said that there were many other names in the Panama leaks but the names of the rulers were at the top which brought shame to the nation as a whole.  He said that the JI Shoora had decided to continue its drive against corruption till the accountability of each and every plunderer.

However, he said, this would not be made an excuse to delay the elections. Therefore, accountability and the electoral process must go hand in hand.

He demanded that the Election Commission should disqualify all the politicians against whom there were corruption cases.

Sirajul Haq announced a Long March from Jamarud to Islamabad in support of FATA’s merger with Khyber PK and the abolition of the FCR. He welcomed the extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the High Court to the FATA.

However, he said that until and until the Articles 246 and 247 of the Constitution were not abolished and the powers of the President and the Prime Minister regarding FATA were repealed, the tribal people could not be guaranteed their legal rights.

Sirajul Haq termed US President Trump’s announcement recognising Qibla e Awwal as Israel’s  capital as a conspiracy to thrust a war over the world.

To a question regarding the Model Town killings, he said that nobody, whether a Minister or Chief Minister was above the law.

He said that those responsible for the killing of 14 persons should be punished in accordance with the law.

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