Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hassan, has said that the talks for seat adjustments with the PTI, PML(N) and the JUI (F) had not matured and the JI would contest the elections on its own symbol and manifesto.
He was talking to the media at Gujranwala after visiting the local JI leader Bilal Qudrat Butt, a candidate for a NA seat, who had been injured in firing by political opponents a few days back.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the attack on the JI candidate was politically motivated. However, the JI workers had demonstrated remarkable restraint which was commendable. He said, the JI wont resort to violence in return for the attack on its candidate. However, the Election Commission should have taken notice of the matter so that such incidents could be avoided.
He said that the gang of four ruling the country for the last five years had given nothing to the masses except lawlessness, price hike, unemployment and energy crisis.
These parties were contesting the elections again. The manifestoes of these parties were not those which were on paper, as their real manifesto was loot and plunder of public wealth and corruption and pursuit of personal ends. On the other hand, the candidates put up by the JI had a clean past and they were known for their integrity and competence.
Syed Munawar Hasan urged the JI workers to knock at the hearts of the people and convince them not to be duped by the rosy slogans of the erstwhile ruling parties again.
He said it was unfortunate that there were serious efforts to befriend India and to declare it the Most Favourite Country. However, the JI would carry on its campaign against that.
In reply to a question, he said that the Supreme Court orders for fresh delimitation of the constituencies in Karachi and verification of the votes by the army had not been implemented due to the influence of the MQM. The names of about 65,000 voters from Karachi central district were again missing.
To another question, he said that elections in Pakistan at this juncture had their importance because the US was pulling out from Afghanistan, and it was imperative that the next government in Islamabad should be such as could safeguard the country’s vital interests and stop drone attacks and military operations.
In reply to another question, Syed Munawar Hasan said that the outgoing Federal Interior Minister had foretold that the next elections would be bloody, although it was the responsibility of the Interior ministry to protect the life and property of the masses and to ensure peaceful elections, he added.