Horse trading in Senate elections also terrorism: JI

Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that if horse trading in the Senate elections was not stopped, the JI would be constrained to appeal to the people to besiege the houses of the assembly members willing to sell their votes and take them to task for that.

Talking to the media at the provincial Election Commission after the scrutiny of his nomination papers for Senate on Thursday, he said that darkening the future of the nation through sale and purchase of votes was also a form of terrorism.

Sirajul Haq said, what could be more shameful than the fact that the people whom the electorate had returned to the assemblies and given them respect, should be ready to be sold like cattle. He deplored that the Senate elections had been turned into a cattle market. He said that the Senate should not be made an Elite club.

Senior Provincial ministers Inayatullah Khan, Finance Minister Muzaffar Said, Religious Affairs Minister Haji Habibullah Khan, and JI MPAs were also present.

He said, the JI and the PTI were in touch with each other in regard to the Senate polls. He appealed to the MPAS to flatly refuse those who attempted to put a price for their vote as the time for horse trading was over long ago.

He requested the MPAs in all the provinces to exercise their vote on merit. He said that upcoming Senate elections were a matter of honour for the MPAS from all provinces, and added that the nation would not allow bulldozing of the bright future of the country in exchange for wealth.

In reply to a question, Sirajul Haq told the media to ask those who had decided to contest elections only with five votes in hand, if they were expecting any miracle.

Seperately, Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that the repeated incidents of terrorism in the country reflected the inefficiency of the law enforcement bodies.

He said that the bomb blasts at mosques and Imambargahs were an enemy conspiracy to plunge the country into sectarian strife. However, he said, there were no differences among the religious parties regarding terrorism as all of them were united on this front. He was addressing the participants of the JI central workshop at Mansoora.

Liaqat Baloch said that the rulers were not ready to give up protocol or bury the VIP culture.

The worshippers of the status quo were afraid of the election of honest and true people’s representatives to the assemblies, he said, but added that the JI was determined to uproot these evils. .

The JI leader said that the government had failed to transfer the benefit of the record fall in the petrol prices to the masses. The POL prices had gone down all over the world whereas their prices were being raised again in the country.

Liaqat Baloch said that the elite class had been swallowing the national resources and only small amounts were allocated for public welfare, health and education. Had the national resources been spent judiciously, the poverty ratio in the country should not have been so high, he added.

He said that Balochsitan, the biggest province of the country and full of mineral wealth, was not been provided reasonable funds for development which was the biggest reason of the sense of the deprivation of the Baloch people.

He slated Bangladesh tribunal’s decision awarding death sentence to a senior JI leader only for being faithful to Pakistan. He said it was unfortunate that the rulers in Islamabad had not uttered a word on this. He urged the world community to take notice of the matter.

Liaqat Baloch also stressed that the National Action Plan against terrorism should be implemented without any discrimination and the Baldia Town factory tragedy be also dealt with in the light of the JIT report.

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