Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Siraj ul Haq, has strongly protested over the poor official arrangements for the food supply and lodging of the IDPs affected by the North Waziristan operation. He has called upon the government to review its foreign and internal policies, bringing these in harmony with national interests and the sentiments of the masses. He also called for paying Rs.50,000 per person, and added that the payment of mere Rs. 7,500 per family was making a fun of the affected people’s distress.
In a statement issued from Al-Markaz Peshawar on Monday, he said that the about half a million IDPs were running from pillar to post in the present oppressive heat while the authorities were least bothered. He said the federal government was fully aware that there would be a large influx of the IDPs because of the North Waziristan operation and suitable arrangements should have been made before time. He said that resentment was growing among the tribal people in the present situation.
He also appealed to the welfare bodies and philanthropists to come forward for the help of the IDPs as the government had allocated a small amount for the purpose.
The JI chief said that the government had mishandled PAT chairman Tahir ul Qadri’s issue as heaven would not have fallen if the PAT chief had landed in Islamabad. It seemed the rulers had lost their nerves and were making one mistake after the other. Perhaps, the government itself was advancing Qadris’ agenda.
Siraj ul Haq said the JI wanted the present government to complete its term and the continuation of the democratic institutions. However, the elected government should not adopt a undemocratic and dictatorial attitude.