PESHAWAR - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq Sunday asked the federal government to pay arrears of Rs 570 billion to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; otherwise, the JI would march towards Islamabad for rights.

Addressing a party rally in Khyber Bazaar, Siraj said that the federal government must meet the genuine demands of the province and should not usurp the rights of small federating units, as it will develop a sense of deprivation among other provinces. He made it clear that the rulers will have to change their attitude towards masses, as the nation is well aware of their basic rights. He said if the central government ensures payment of Rs 570 billion arrears, it would not be difficult to build small powerhouses in the province.

Regarding the mediation between the government and PTI marchers, he said that JI played pivotal role to break the deadlock and has put forward valuable suggestions to the government for peaceful resolution of the ongoing political turmoil; however he blamed the government for not showing flexibility.

He said that Pakistan is not an independent state in real sense and due to bad governance this country could not practically implement its ideology. He deplored that due to severe poverty large number of people have not shelter facility and they are sleeping on footpaths. Million of children are out of schools and a few industrialists and capitalist class are looting this country with both hands.

He also castigated WAPDA officials for teasing the masses and asked what kind of justice is this when a poor chicken seller receives a bill of Rs 100,000. He welcomed the decision of provincial government to encircle WAPDA house if unannounced power outages do not come to an end. He urged upon the masses to join the platform of Jamaat-e-Islami to eliminate VVIP culture in the country and establish a system based on justice and equality.

The rally was also addressed by others leaders of the party. A large number of JI activists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in the rally.