PESHAWAR - Ameer Jamaat islami (JI) Senator Sirajul Haq on Wednesday said the federal government was denying the smaller provinces their lawful rights. Addressing a big public meeting at Nowshera, he urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to limit his approach to the Punjab province alone because he was the chief executive of the entire country.

He said the narrow approach of the rulers was deepening the sense of deprivation among the smaller provinces.  He said the rulers at the centre would have to shake off their biases and grant equal rights to other provinces.

The JI chief said that load-shedding was the biggest problem of KP due to which scores of factories and industrial units were laying closed and thousands of workers had been rendered jobless.  Sirajul Haq said it did not make any difference whether the federal budget was prepared by Shaukat Aziz or Ishaq Dar because there was nothing for the poor in the document. “All the policies of the feudal lords and capitalists are aimed at benefitting the privileged,” he said. He the poor never befitted from the huge loans drawn from the IMF and the World Bank. These loans were devoured by the rulers while the man in the street had to pay off these loans.

The JI chief said the exploitative system that had been continuing in the country for the last 68 years had created much hatred and the gulf between the rich and the poor had widened.  He said that under the prevailing system, the sons of the rulers would become rulers while the children of the poor man remained deprived of the basic necessities of life.  Senator Sirajul Haq said the JI on coming into power would adopt poor friendly policies and grant interest free loans to the womenfolk, workers and kisans to improve their lot. He, therefore, urged the masses to stand by Jamaat Islami for overthrowing the present system in which the corrupt politicians protected the corruption and misdeeds of one another.