LAHORE - The three-day congregation of the Jamaat-e-Islami concluded on Sunday with a call by party chief Sirajul Haq that the rulers would have to choose between Washington and Makkah-Madina. Their choice, he said, would show whether they were the salves of President Obama or Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Thousands of people including women and children from all over the country participated in the congregation held at the Minar-i-Pakistan after six years. The purpose of the event was to mobilise the party supporters for their future role.

While it is an open secret that most of decisions in the country are taken under instructions from the US, the JI chief urged the world’s sole super power to stop interference in Pakistan’s affairs.

Sirajul Haq also advised India to stop threatening Pakistan. Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had participated in the oath-taking ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show that Pakistan wanted good relations with the new government, tension had been mounting during the past few months because of the situation on the Line of Control.  

The JI chief said if the Indian leadership had any rational thinking, they should have used the country’s resources to alleviate poverty and hunger rather than making bellicose statements against Pakistan.

“If Modi wants war with Pakistan, he should know that this nation could repeat the history of Badar and Hunain, a reference to the two wars in which Muslims had defeated the disbelievers during the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). If India thinks it is a big country, they should also know that the big country would also suffer bigger losses,” he said.

Sirajul Haq came down hard on the rulers, saying their hypocrisy could not continue any more. If they love American culture, they should leave this country. “The tyrant class and Pakistan cannot go together,” he added.  

The JI chief said his party would raise a nation rising above sectarian differences. He sought cooperation from men and women attending the congregation for this noble cause.  

The JI chief described injustice, tyranny and exploitation of wealth as main reason behind the suicides by poor people of Pakistan. He flayed at the ruling class for plundering national wealth and investing it abroad.

Hundreds of children died in Tharparkar due to drought, hunger and poverty and it was happened in a country where ruling class made billions of rupees through corruption, he lamented.

He said the country was full of resources and talented manpower but without proper leadership which he held only JI could provide if people choose it through vote. He asked the people not to expect a corruption free prosperous Pakistan from the class which had been ruling over the country for past 60 years.

He held the laws in Pakistan are un-Islamic which are supporting interest-based economy – the main evil and root cause of poverty, as per him.

Sirajul Haq announced giving line of action for achieving the people’s agenda – the agenda he unfolded during his first day speech at congregation – at Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum Karachi on December 25.

Earlier, JI Azad Kashmir chief Abdur Rashid Turabi lauded the efforts of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan for the liberation of Kashmir.

JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, vice-chief Mian Aslam, Punjab chief Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar, Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, Sind chief Mirajul Huda, KP chief Professor Ibrahim and JI Balochistan chief Abdul Mateen also addressed the gathering. JI women wing leaders addressed the females gathering.

KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, National Party chief Hasil Bazinjo, Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch and leaders of different religious and political party including minorities also participated on last day event.