LAHORE - Five religio-political parties have condemned the arrest of political workers ahead of the PTI protest on November 2.

The JI, PAT, SIC, MWM and JUP-Niazi yesterday took a swipe at the government for making mass arrest in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq termed the government technique to prevent the sit-in ‘fascist’, while PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri said the rulers were bent upon repeating another episode of Model Town tragedy.  Both the leaders urged the judiciary to take notice of matter and order the release of arrested political workers.  “The rulers are repeating the politics of 90s and inviting civil war in the country. It has also created hatred for state institutions among the masses,” Siraj told the media at after inaugurating the new Gynaecology block at the Mansoora hospital.

The JI chief said that perhaps the rulers wanted the masses to grab them by neck and throw them out. He said that the arrests of political workers and torture of women was the worst form of state terrorism. He said that the service of the masses was not the priority of the rulers, and instead, they were denying basic rights of people.

About his party’s point of view on in current scenario, he said the JI wanted change through constitutional process and not through force.

Dr Qadri said in statement the rulers wanted to digest the looted money of the poor and bent upon repeating another tragedy. He said the government would also crack down on journalists.

He asked why Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid were being harassed in their own country. He said all this was being done to protect the corrupt.

Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen leaders, Sunni  Ittehad Council chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza and Jamiat Ulma-e-Pakistan-Niazi head Pir Masoom Naqvi, in separate statements, also condemned the arrests.

Sahibzada, whose party announced participation in the Islamabad protest, said the days of the government were numbered.