LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has termed President Zardari’s address to the joint session of the Parliament as plain rhetoric and attempt to absolve the corrupt, incompetent PPP government and also to appease the incoming rulers in the name of reconciliation.
Commenting on the President’s address, he said it was an irony that Zardari should be counselling the state institutions to work within the limits of the constitution and the law whereas during the last five years, the PPP government under Zardari had remained in constant confrontation with the other institutions, especially the Supreme Court, ridiculed its verdicts and refused to implement these. The PPP government also gave little weight to the Parliament and its resolution on matters of immense national importance.
Next, he said, President Zardari had now described the drone attacks as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and “thus intolerable”, but the question was why had the PPPP government under Zardari been tolerating the drone attacks for the last five years and never made any serious effort to stop these because it dared not annoy Washington.
Besides, he said, Zardari-led PPP government allowed the former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, who set aside the constitution twice to leave the country with the guard of honour and did not think of his trial on that count.
The JI Ameer said that President Zardari had lauded the peaceful transfer of power but did not think it proper to refer to the allegations of massive rigging in the elections being made by all and sundry across the country.
He pointed out that President Zardari did make a mention of the sacrifices offered by late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for the cause of democracy, but it was strange that the President did not deem it proper to refer to the PPP government’s failure to trace the Mohtarma’s killers during the last five years.
Hasan further said that President Zardari did not utter a single word about the problems and miseries of the masses, nor did he make a mention of the target killings that had been going on in Karachi during the last five years.