Rulers hes­i­tant of ac­count­abil­ity: Si­raj

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LAHORE—Ameer, Ja­maat-e-Is­lami, Pak­istan, Se­na­tor Si­raj-ul-Haq, has said that the dead­lock over the ToRs for the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion even af­ter the 8th meet­ing of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee proved that rul­ing party and some other el­e­ments did not want ac­count­abil­ity.

Ad­dress­ing Fri­day con­gre­ga­tion at Man­soora mosque, he said that some peo­ple ap­pre­hended that the ac­count­abil­ity be­gin­ning from the Prime Min­is­ter would en­gulf oth­ers as well. There­fore, they wanted to es­cape Ehti­sab by mak­ing the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion con­tro­ver­sial.

How­ever, he said that the masses wanted an end to the pre­vail­ing sys­tem of ex­ploita­tion and loot and the whole na­tion was de­mand­ing ruth­less ac­count­abil­ity. As such, no one would be able to es­cape this time.

Si­raj-ul-Haq de­manded that the NAB Chair­man should be ap­pointed by the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan in con­sul­ta­tion with the Chief Jus­tices of all the High Courts, and not by the Prime Min­is­ter with the con­sent of the leader of the op­po­si­tion.

He said that if the coun­try was to be made safe for the com­mon man, cor­rup­tion must be wiped out. In or­der to save the coun­try of two hun­dred mil­lion peo­ple, some five or six thou­sand plun­der­ers and da­coits must be sac­ri­ficed, h re­marked.

He said that those found guilty of cor­rup­tion should be pun­ished un­der the ter­ror­ist act and those mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing the pub­lic money should be dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing pub­lic of­fices for life and jailed for at least 25 years.

He said that the coun­try was fac­ing threats from within and abroad and the masses stood dis­ap­pointed. This was a time for col­lec­tive pen­i­tence. The na­tion should re­call its com­mit­ment with Al­lah for the en­force­ment of the Is­lamic sys­tem in the coun­try as the ex­is­tence and progress of the coun­try rested with the Is­lamic sys­tem, he added.

He said if the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship wanted to pull the coun­try out of crises, it would have to say farewell to the false man-made sys­tems and en­force the divine sys­tem of Is­lam.

Si­raj-ul-Haq slated pro­grammes of mixed dances of young boys and girls tele­cast from dif­fer­ent TV chan­nels at the If­tar time and called upon the In­for­ma­tion Min­istry to im­me­di­ately stop these pro­grammes which vi­o­lated the Is­lamic val­ues and the sanc­tity of the holy month of Ra­mazan. He said such pro­grammes were an open in­vi­ta­tion to the divine wrath.

He de­plored that eat­a­bles were be- ing openly sold at ho­tels and restau­rants at day­time de­spite Ra­mazan and said this gave an im­pres­sion that ours was not an Is­lamic state.

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