Lahore : Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that it was a big failure of the Punjab government that the local government institutions had not been made functional in the province.
Talking to a group of elected representatives at the lower tier of democracy, he said that depriving the elected representatives of their rights was an undemocratic and dictatorial attitude. He said that the federal and the provincial governments were promoting corruption and denying the masses basic civic facilities.
He called for revising the local governments and giving them powers under the law so that the problems of the masses especially related to education, health, drinking water, drainage and even jobs could be solved.
The JI Secretary General had a meeting with the minorities delegation at Gujrat and Kharian who apprised him of the problems of their community. The Christian delegation assured the JI leader that the Christian community was fully behind the armed forces and the nation against Indian aggression. They noted that the minorities in India were being subjected to repression and tyranny. They added that self determination was the basic right of the Kashmiris.
Liaqat Baloch said on the occasion that the JI had full confidence in the minorities in this country as they were patriotic. He called upon the government to hold separate census of all the minorities as demanded by them.