MULTAN - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has said that the doors of Jamaat are open to all political and religious parties and options like electoral alliance and seat-to-seat adjustment are under serious consideration.

He disclosed this while addressing a news conference here on Thursday. He told the journalists that the JI had formed a political committee under his leadership to hold talks with Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sahibzada Abu Alkhair and Imran. “The committee has submitted a detailed report on talks to the central shura of the JI and the shura has decided to further boost ties with other parties. We want to take all religious parties along with us,” he disclosed. He said that if any new alliance of religious parties took birth or MMA was restored, the JI wanted to prevent it from the shadow of establishment. “We want to go to the nation in independent status,” he added.

Baloch strongly criticized the political leaders changing parties, saying they were in fact trying to save their political career but masses would take revenge from them through vote as they were equally responsible for the woes of people. The JI leader said that all recent turncoats were part of government and they jumped out of government’s ship after seeing it sinking. He said that the masses were protesting against horrible increase in gas and power tariffs as well as prolonged outages of both the utilities. He added that the JI strongly condemned recent wave of price hike and it would organize country-wide protest against it.

He said that the JI was the only organized party of the country which presented a revolutionary manifesto before the masses. “The core of our manifesto is derived of the principles of first Islamic state of Madina. The JI want to turn Pakistan into a model Islamic welfare state on pattern of first Islamic state of Madina,” he added. He said that the JI would protect national sovereignty at all costs and American slavery would not be accepted.

He said that the time had come to break begging bowl and rise on our own feet. He said that the JI would eliminate menaces like corruption, unemployment, poverty, lawlessness and increasing gap between the rich and poor through Islamic revolution. He declared that the coalition government of PPP, MQM and ANP had completely failed while N League’s government also disappointed people in Punjab. He alleged that provincial departments abused development funds while street crimes registered horrible increase in Punjab.

He categorically declared that the rulers could not steer the country out of prevailing crisis. He demanded a full-fledge inquiry into memo scandal and asked the government to make the results public. He said that corruption was given state umbrella under NRO as a result of which it engulfed the entire country.

He claimed that the political alliance led by President Asif Zardari wanted political martyrdom to win public’s sympathies but it would fail to achieve vested goals. He also asked army and judiciary to stay within their limits as any misadventure would prove highly poisonous for the country.

He demanded of the government to accept its failure and declare new polls in the country. He suggested to the government to set up a national interim government which should hold fresh elections under an autonomous election commission.