LAHORE - Jamaat-i-Islami Chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tirade terming Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism and Kashmir as India’s integral part simply showed that India is sticking to its 65 years old stance, and the Nawaz-Manmohan meeting in New York is simply an exercise in futility.
In a statement issued on Sunday, he said that the more the Pakistani leadership desired friendship with India, the greater was the arrogance and hatred from the Indian side.
He said Nawaz Sharif’s craving for the MFN status to India had now become a matter of shame for the entire nation, and Nawaz Sharif’s stance was full of contradictions and the arguments advanced by him were weak and lacked logic.
The JI chief made it clear to Nawaz Sharif that the nation could not compromise on the Kashmir issue for normalising relations with India.
He said that India, enjoying full support from the US and the West, was destabilising Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Stating that Pakistan’s present foreign policy is designed to protect US interests,
JI chief warned that if the country continued to be a party to the so called war on terror, and went on extending logistic support to the US, terrorism would continue and our citizens would be the target.
Therefore, it was high time to pull out of the US war, he said.
The JI chief termed as ridiculous the government claim that it had stopped flight of drones from our bases and that the drones were now taking off from Afghanistan.
He said that the drones taking off from anywhere in Afghanistan could not easily hit their target without intelligence support from within Pakistan.
Meanwhile, JI chief and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch condemned the bomb blast at a Peshawar bazaar on Sunday resulting in heavy loss of life, and termed it an enemy activity to destabilise the country.
They expressed deep condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons.