US stay in Afghanistan se­ri­ous threat to re­gional peace: Si­raj

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE—Ameer Ja­maat-e-Is­lami, Pak­istan, Sen­a­tor Si­ra­jul Haq, has said that US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ap­proval for ex­ten­sion of the US forces stay in Afghanistan was a se­ri­ous threat to the re­gional peace and was con­demnable.

Ad­dress­ing the staff of the JI head­quar­ters at an If­tar party he hosted for them at Man­soora lawns on Satur­day, he said that Obama should have an­nounced to­tal pull out of US forces from Afghanistan. He said that the US and NATO forces had killed mil­lions in Afghanistan and Obama wanted to con­tinue that.

Si­ra­jul Haq said that the drone at­tacks were an at­tack on Pak­istan’ in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty and was not ac-cept­able. He also slated US sup­port for In­dia’s mem­ber­ship of the NSG and said that Pak­istan and In­dia both were nu­clear pow­ers and Wash­ing­ton’s back­ing for New Delhi would dis­turb the peace in the re­gion.

Si­ra­jul Haq said that if the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion for Panama leaks probe was not set up dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan, the count­down of the gov­ern­ment would be­gin af­ter Eidul Fitr. JI deputy chief Hafiz Muham­mad Idrees, Sec­re­tary General, Li­aqat Baloch, and other part y lead­ers were also present.

Si­ra­jul Haq said there had been no head­way on the ToR’s for the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion be­cause of the gov­ern­ment’s de­lay­ing tac­tics and stub­born­ness and now not much time had been left with the gov­ern­ment in this re­spect.

He said it would have been bet­ter for the rulers to present them­selves for ac­count­abil­ity dur­ing the sa­cred month of Ra­mazan, but the rulers were bent upon los­ing this op­por­tu­nity as usual. He said that some other peo­ple were sim­ply in­ter­ested in hue and cry in­stead of ac­count­abil­ity and ac­tu­ally wanted that the mat­ter was buried un­der the car­pet for good.

The JI chief said that a ruth­less ac­count­abil­ity was the de­mand of the masses and not the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. He said the gov­ern­ment at­ti­tude so far in­di­cated that it was try­ing to avoid Ehti­sab. How­ever, he said, if the gov­ern­ment did not change its at­ti­tude, the vol­cano heat­ing up in the public mood would erupt and no­body would be safe. Si­ra­jul Haq said if some­one con­sid­ered him­self above ac­count­abil­ity on ac­count of his high of­fice or in­flu­ence, he was gravely mis­taken.

An in­dis­crim­i­nate ac­count­abil­ity is in­evitable and there won’t be any sa­cred cow to be saved, he added. He said the can­cer of cor­rup­tion had crept all over the so­ci­ety and de­stroyed the whole sys­tem. The only way to save this sys­tem and gov­ern­ment struc­ture was to hold a ruth­less ac­count­abil­ity, he added. He said the JI would in­ten­sify its drive against cor­rup­tion af­ter Eidul Fitr and would not al­low the rulers to es­cape this de­mand of the na­tion.—SABAH

KARACHI: A large num­ber of faith­ful wait­ing for Azan to break their fast at Ko­rangi cross­ing bridge.

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