LAHORE - Commenting on reports about the US decision of releasing $1.6 billion to Pakistan in aid, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan said on Sunday Washington would ask for ‘do more’ in return.

In a statement released by Jamaat, Hasan suspected that the US aid decision at this point in time was not without a motive.

He said the loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as well as monetary assistance from the US were in fact snares of American slavery and would prove to be death warrants for the country’s self-reliance and economy. He said “unless Pakistan gets rid of these snares, our economic well-being and sovereignty would be at stake”.

Hasan was of the view that if corruption was weeded out, the Pakistanis could live as a prosperous nation. But, he regretted, the rulers were carrying the begging bowl because of which the country had lost its prestige and respect in the world.  Jamaat chief said foreign loans and US aid had brought disgrace and insult to the country and the nation. He further said this was simply an announcement about release of US aid and that its payment would start next year in the form of Islamabad’s compliance with the US terms and conditions.

Meanwhile, JI chief Hasan expressed grave concern over the continuous hostilities and unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control. He said India was taking undue advantage of Pakistan’s soft policy and repeated desire for friendship. This process had been continuing for more than two months, due to which civilians were badly affected.

He said India’s hostilities would increase further unless Islamabad decided for a tit-for-tat response. He said it was an irony that while India was continuing with an aggressive policy, the Indian foreign minister was levelling baseless charges against Pakistan.

He called on the government to raise the issue before the UN, and said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should also take up the matter in his meeting with US President Obama.

JAMAAT SAYS GOVTS OBSTRUCTING LG POLLS

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said on Sunday the federal and provincial governments were deliberately creating obstructions in the conduct of local bodies elections. He said the governments’ attitude was in violation of the Constitution, and tantamount to contempt of court.

Baloch in a statement said the election commission could not hold local bodies elections unless the federal and the provincial governments had made necessary preparations. Besides, he said, the governments and the ruling parties must be honest and impartial if the elections were to be fair, free and transparent.

He said at present, different parties were in power in the Centre and in the provinces, while the federation was not interested in having a uniform local government system in all the provinces. He said it seemed as if all the parties were trying to gain time till the retirement of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He added the government’s attitude was undemocratic. He said local bodies elections was the need of the hour. He also demanded restoration of civic rights of the people of the federal capital, FATA and the cantonments.

Over 50 MPs face suspension over non-submission of assets details

INP adds from Islamabad: Over fifty members of the national and provincial assemblies are likely to be suspended today [Monday] over non-submission of details about their assets and liabilities.  The Election Commission of Pakistan had given a deadline of September 30 for the submission of details of assets and liabilities. Over 50 lawmakers have failed to submit the required details.  Those who failed to submit the mandatory details included nine members of National Assembly, four Senators, nine members of Punjab Assembly, 11 members of Sindh Assembly, 22 members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and six members of Balochistan Assembly.

PPP leader and former interior minister Rehman Malik, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Mustafa Kamal and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Asad Umar are prominent among those who failed to submit the details. Their suspension from the assemblies is expected today.