Nation demands justice in Baldia factory fire case: JI

Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that the nation was looking up to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif in regard to the Baldia Town factory tragedy.

He said that if the tragedy of the burning to death of 259 factory workers was politicized, no one would believe in the slogans for uprooting terrorism.

He was talking to the media at the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital which he visited to enquire about the health of Kisan Board’s provincial general secretary Arslan Khan Khakwani.

Sirajul Haq said that if the JIT report was buried under the files, it would amount to denying the rights of the workers and it would dishearten the workers community. He said this was a test case for the government because responsible official agencies had clearly named a Karachi-based party for the tragedy. Now it is to be seen if the government considered the burning alive of workers 259 workers as an act of terrorism or not.

He further said that if the PPP took the MQM as its ally in the Sindh government only for a few Sindh assembly members, this would mean that it was not serious in eliminating terrorism, because with terrorists sitting on their side, the government could not wipe out terrorism.

The JI chief said that whosoever committed a crime, whether he was a political worker or otherwise, should be brought to book. He said the Baldia town tragedy was the worst incident of terrorism like the Peshawar tragedy and there was no reason to make a distinction between the two. He said the entire nation wanted peace but peace could be established only if all were treated equal and no distinction was made between the commoner and the influential.

Sirajul Haq said that an ethnic organization had not been allowing the federal and the provincial governments to function simply on the strength of a few assembly members and Karachi had become a slaughter house. Terrorist activities and target killings had been continuing in the port city for over three decades and around 24,000 citizens, including doctors, journalists and lawyers, had been gunned down. Even the women folk had not been spared.

He said the JI was determined to root out the present corruption based system and when in power, it would divert the plundered 15 billion per annum to public welfare projects. He was sure that the masses would reject the corrupt politicians in the next elections and vote for the Jamaat e Islami candidate who were competent, patriotic and honest. He said he was sure that an Islamic revolution was around the corner.

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