OUR STAFF REPORTER/Monitoring Desk

LAHORE - Former Jamat-e-Islami Ameer Munawwar Hassan on Saturday ruled out the resolution of issues through democratic disposition and instead called for promoting the culture of ‘Jihad’ to overcome the present challenges.

“It is beyond the system based on elections to overcome the challenges being faced by the country,” he maintained while addressing a public meeting here at Minar-e-Pakistan, reported a private TV channel.

He said he would not mince his words in declaring that ‘the problems of the society in which we live can only be resolved through adopting and promoting the culture of Jihad’.

Meanwhile, JI chief Sirajul Haq vowed that his party would bring a revolution in the country where women could enjoy all rights according to the brilliant principles of Islam. On the second day of the three-day congregation at Minar-e-Pakistan, Sirajul Haq said that Pakistani women would be given all rights — the rights that even women in the west would feel jealous of.

The JI claimed that more than 50,000 females from all over the country are attending the congregation along with their children.

The JI head addressed the female workers of his party on the topic ‘the women’s role in the changing world’. He said he was delighted to see such a large gathering of women in the ijtima. He said it was Islam that gave the women the right to inheritance and ownership of property. He added that women comprised 50 percent of the country’s population but they were not given loans by the banks. He said the JI would establish a government where women would be provided interest free loans on easy instalments. He also laid focus of the education of women and said that his party would take all steps to ensure education of females. He went on to say that the father failed to educate his daughter would be punished as per laws.

A representative of the minorities including Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, including ex-MNA Gopal Singh Chawla attended the JI ijtema and called on Sirajul Haq. They expressed their deep gratitude for the love and affection given to them at the Ijtema.

The JI chief told the delegation that he was the first man who had moved a resolution in the KP assembly that the non- Muslims living in the country should be termed as the Pakistani community and not minorities. He said he was the first political leader to visit the house of the Christian couple burnt to death at Kot Radha Kishan.  

Sirajul Haq said that the small elite class ruling the country had no religion, because, he added, no religion including Islam, Hinduism and Christianity permitted corruption. He also lashed out at the NAB for writing off the bank loans. He added that the NAB did not have any authority for this. Addressing the youth convention organised by different students bodies associated with the JI, Sirajul Haq said that the west was making every effort to deprive the Muslim youth from Islamic character. Addressing on the topic “Jamaat-e-Islami ki Dawat”, JI former chief Syed Munawar Hasan expressed his desire for joining hands with Tebleeghi Jamaat to bring change in the society.

“The JI and Tableeghi Jamat have very commonalities and similarities in their beliefs and teachings and both are struggling to set the people free from the slavery of other human beings and bringing Islamic rule of law in the country”, he held.

Criticising the ongoing military operations in FATA and tribal areas, he reiterated his stance against the military operations in the area. He viewed that these kinds of operations would never give any solution to the insurgency anywhere in the world.

“Neither the military operation in Swat nor the ongoing war in South Waziristan by the Pakistan army is solving any problems faced by the country,” he claimed. He demanded the army chief to present a factsheet on the war against terror in the country.

JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch said that his party’s message was spreading fast all over the country and the day was no far when its efforts would bear fruits in the shape of an Islamic revolution.

Monitoring Desk adds: Local administration recovered a suspicious bag near Minar-e-Pakistan during the address of JI chief Sirajul Haq, reported a private TV channel Saturday.

Some participants of the public gathering reported to the security officials about the unclaimed bag. When opened, the bag had a cracker in it. Security officials took rapid action over the information. Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was called, while law enforcers started clearing the area.