SAHIWAL - Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has said that unprecedented price hike, unemployment and rampant corruption have made it difficult for the common man to make ends meet. He said that annual budget had become meaningless because of rapid change in price of petroleum products. He pointed out that in the past POL prices had been assessed while drafting budget, which would remain stable in the whole year. The JI leader urged the government to take pity on the masses by withdrawing discretionary power pertaining to fixing POL prices and delegate it to the National Assembly. He was addressing a press conference here at the residence of Mian Ezaj Kamyana the other day.
Dr Waseem argued that cotton had been a cash crop for the country but due to its low rates the farmers were unable to meet their cost. He demanded the government to take appropriate measures to raise support price of cotton. He pointed out that continuous blasphemous were a threat to the world peace and if head-on measures were not taken it would bring about disastrous consequences for the entire world.
The Jamaat leader said that the government should advocate legislation in the UNO so that no one could make sacrilegious remarks against the reverent personalities of all religion. Dr Waseem said that the JI condemned the cowardice attack on Malala by the enemies of Islam because this action was not in conformity with Islam. He said that the US had martyred 4 million Iraqi citizen besides killings of innocent people in Afghanistan and in drone attacks in tribal areas.
Criticising Rehman Malik’s statement, the JI leader declared that operation in North Waziristan would be part of American agenda, adding that in contrast America itself was holding dialogue with Talban.
Dr Waseem claimed that the masses were not happy with the performance of both the big political parties of the country. He said that electoral alliance with any political party could not be ruled out, adding that the PTI chief Imran Khan and PML-N leadership had been in contact with the Jamaat.
The JI leader said that without resolving Kashmir issue, MFN status to India would be a wrong decision.