Lahore - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S leader Maulana Muhammad Asim Makhdoom has said that they will stage protest if the US marines will arrive for security of the US Consulate.  In a statement issued here, he said allowing 100 US marines for security of US Consulate was a serious issue. He said they would stage sit-in in front of US Consulate in Lahore and force the government for sending them back to US.

He said they would not let any one to make the country a US colony.


Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has taken strong exception to President Mamnoon Hussain’s statement that the government was not in a position to break the begging bowl and the people must show patience, and said that the President should not support the government unjustly.

In a statement on Monday, he said that the President represented the Federation and if he attempted to hide the government’s failures, he would become controversial.

He said it would be better if the President advised the rulers to overcome their lapses and failures as this would be an assurance for the nation that the man in the Presidency was not a ruling party representative but a true head of the State and the nation. President Mamnoon Hussain should avoid following former President Zardari, he said. 

The JI chief pointed out that the people promising to break the begging bowl had taken up a jumbo size bowl.

During the Zardari government, every Pakistani was under debt of Rs. 68,000 but during the first seven months of the present regime, a burden of Rs 32,000 had been added on each citizen with the result that every new child was born with a debt of Rs 100,000.

He said now was the time for the ruling party to implement its election manifesto and the President should direct the government in that respect. Nawaz Sharif, he said, was making a wrong claim that the nation had given him the mandate for friendship with India.

Instead, he said, the Prime Minister should admit that he had secured votes by befooling the nation through the false promises of controlling prices and freeing them from the menace of terrorism.   He said if the present government was not in a position to pay off the past loans, it should at least stop securing fresh loans.

He said that apart from steep rise in taxes and prices, the government was printing currency notes of record amount every day causing inflation and price rise.

Meanwhile, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that a negative impression had been created about the Armed Forces because of the former dictator Pervez Musharraf and the Armed Forces could not support the man responsible for Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder, the May 12 killings in Karachi, besides the subversion of the Constitution and the humiliation of the judiciary.

In a statement on Monday, he said that former Army chief,  Kayani had restored the Army’s image with great efforts and there was a positive efforts to guarantee Armed Forces neutral role even in the most difficult times.  Therefore, the Armed Forces won’t be partial in any manner, he said.  The JI Secretary General said that the judiciary was independent and Pervez Mussharraf must be tried on merit, under Article 6 of the Constitution.

He said, if a military dictator takes some unconstitutional step as an Army chief, the Army as a disciplined force, remains silent.  Therefore, the Army should remain silent over the Constitutional proceedings, he said.