LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq has said that the Jamaat e Islami wanted to end the VIP culture in the country and bring the oppressed masses at par with the ruling elite.
Addressing the first Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque after assuming his high office, Sirajul Haq termed the tiny ruling elite as the greatest threat to the country’s stability, and warned that if the rulers did not change their attitude, the oppressed masses could rise in revolt.
The JI Chief also counseled the Prime Minister to withdraw the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) which was a clear violation of human rights and was bringing bad name to the country.
He said that besides armed terrorism, Pakistan was also facing political terrorism and economic terrorism as a tiny elite class was controlling 95 per cent of the country’s rich resources and exploiting the masses.
He said on one hand was the VP culture while on the other hand, there was the foot path culture as thousands of children were seen collecting food items on roads and living on foot paths. None of the feudal lords or capitalists had made any sacrifice for the sake of Pakistan; it was the poor who rendered sacrifices for the country. However, after Pakistan came into being, the feudal and capitalists managed to come to power.
He said it was only because of the corruption and plunder of the elite that the masses were without basic necessities of life and the country was under the huge debt of the IMF and the World Bank. .
Sirajul Haq said that as Finance Minister, he had seen that whenever there was a move for raising the salaries of the class four, the bureaucracy would oppose it with full force, but on the other hand, every suggestion for raising the perks of the privileges was cleared in no time. This was because the privileged would not like the poor to stand equal to them.
He said if the elite class did not mend its ways, time was not far when the deprived masses would rise in protest and topple the rulers.
He said that Islam bestowed equal rights to all the people and was the biggest advocate for a welfare society. He said all man-made systems, capitalism socialism, communism could not stand in the face of Islam’s everlasting teachings and the rulers would have to take shelter under Islam for building the country a truly peaceful and welfare state, wherein every citizen had the facilities of education, health and employment.
The JI Ameer said that Pakistan was destined to be a Islamic welfare state. He said that he wanted to see the day when the Chief Justice of Pakistan would have a copy of the Noble Quran in his hands, the Prime Minster would make the call for prayer (Azan) and the President would lead the prayers.
Meanwhile, Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaquat Baloch, has said that the armed forces were a highly important national institution, and the strength of the democratic system added to their competence and capability.
In a statement here on Friday, he said that the armed forces had no right to abrogate the constitution and take over. Similarly, no one had the right to criticize or ridicule the judiciary or the armed forces in the name of democracy.
He said that Pakistan today stood at an important juncture and if the government, the armed forces, the media as also the political and religious parties were one page and had same views, peace could return to the country, terrorism could be wiped out and the country could be put on the path of economic progress.
The JI Secretary General said that the objective of the Government- Taliban talks was to end terrorism and to counter US and India’s conspiracies against the country. He said the talks had been heading in the right direction but as usual, the conspirators were propagating of dissent to sabotage the talks.
He said that any differences between the government and the armed forces would have serious repercussions and it would be difficult to continue the talks.
He said terrorism could engineer in Balochistan and Islamabad for achieving specific ends and to keep this country in turmoil so that the US could dictate its terms.
Liaquat Baloch said it was at a much belated stage that the Prime Minister had stopped his ministers from issuing comments on Pervez Musharraf’s case, and irresponsible statements of the Ministers had complicated the situation.
He said if the government was sincere with the country and the masses, it would have to adopt a sound strategy under the system failing which the country would suffer heavily, because after the elections in Afghanistan and India, internal harmony in the country was of utmost importance.