Lahore: Deputy Chief of the Jamaat e Islami, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s refusal to receive Lahore High court notice in foreign assets case was tantamount to the contempt of court and reflected a dictatorial mentality.
Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora, he said, the entire nation should unite for retrieving the national wealth of the plunderers deposited in foreign banks. He said the corruption of the rulers had brought disgrace to the country. It was a mater of shame that on one hand, the workers and the labourers were starving while on the other hand, billions of the ruling elite amassed through ill gotten means were lying in foreign banks.
Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said according to reports, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had received the court notice while the Prime Minister, Begum Kalsoom Nawaz and their son had declined to receive the notice. This showed that the Prime Minister and his family did not want the institutions to flourish. Such attitude of the rulers was the biggest hurdle in the establishment of the supremacy of the law and the constitution.
He said, if the Prime Minister and his family had no assets in foreign banks, the Premier should have appeared before the court and explained his position.
The JI central leader said that it was also for the court to vindicate its position and dignity and remove all obstacles in the way of the implementation of its orders. The Islamic history gave instances when the Caliphs appeared before the Qazi and strengthened the judicial system through their conduct, he said.
Referring to the participation of the Prime Minister in the oath taking ceremony of the Indian Premier elect, he said that India was involved in the bloodshed of thousands of Muslims and shake hand with him would be against national honour. Narendera Modi, he said, had repeatedly termed the Pakistan border as the enemy border, however Mian Nawaz Sharif was anxious to befriend India. He said that in the prevailing situation, the Premier should refrain from going to India.
The JI deputy chief criticized the operation in North Waziristan and said it was not in the national interest and would only advance the enemy agenda. It would be wise that the government and the armed forces stood on the same page and reverted to dialogue, he added.