Lahore: The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Siraj ul Haq, has said that instead of dreams, there is fear in the eyes of the people. Here, death is cheap, and bread is expensive, and the people are anxious for peace.
Addressing the participants on the second day of the sit-in against the increase in electricity prices and overall inflation in front of the Governor House in Peshawar, Siraj ul Haq said that inflation is a problem for every individual and household, rulers should stop looting the people’s pockets at the behest of international institutions. The present and former governments are tasked with protecting the interests of the IMF. Inflation is affecting the entire nation severely; issues will not be resolved through speeches; practical measures need to be taken.
Siraj ul Haq said that the country is rich in resources, the issue is corruption, profiteering, and mismanagement. Controlling smuggling is the responsibility of the government and institutions. We are representing 100% of the nation; our peaceful protest movement will not stop. The action plan for the next day will be announced on the third day of the sit-in.
Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Professor Muhammad Ibrahim, former provincial minister Inayatullah Khan, Secretary-General JI KP Engineer Abdul Wasay, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Peshawar Baharallah, and the candidates of Jamaat-e-Islami for provincial and national assemblies were also present on the occasion. A large number of people participated in the sit-in. Demonstrators carried placards, banners, and posters. The protesters chanted slogans against the government’s wrong policies, increase in electricity, petrol, gas, and inflation.
Sirajul Haq said that the corrupt elite is in control of the resources. The mafias are part of governments, the previous regimes of PDM, PPP, and PTI ruined peace and the economy, during this time the mafias made money, during the tenure of the caretaker government the policies of the past continued, due to wrong policies the country is a slave of the IMF.
He said the rupee is crashing, and development, exports, and foreign exchange are continuously declining, due to the incompetence and inability of governments the entire burden has to be borne by the public. Pakistan is the only country in the world where the public is poor and the rulers are rich, their sugar mills, factories, and properties are constantly multiplying.
The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami said that despite countless blessings of Allah Almighty, the country is going backward instead of progressing, the reason for this is the personal interests of the rulers like the Mughal monarchs, as soon as they come into power, Aladdin’s lamp is lit, and their assets start to multipy. The current inflation is artificial and brought by the mafia. When sugar prices increase, the sugar mafia earns.
Siraj ul Haq said that when flour becomes expensive, flour mill owners earn and when petrol and diesel prices increase, oil importing companies earn billions, this mafia sucks the blood of the poor. He demanded that the oppressive agreements with IPPs should be reviewed and those responsible for these agreements should be held accountable. We will also go to the Supreme Court against IPP agreements. If this is not done, Jamaat-e-Islami has other options as well, we believe in peaceful democratic struggle, and we will get the rights of the people.
The JI chief said the neighboring country is stepping on the moon while we are on the streets for electricity and flour. We have never heard that Indian rulers have properties abroad. The country has abundant resources, but still, there is poverty everywhere. A taxi driver earns a livelihood for his whole family. It is a basic principle of economics that if supply increases, prices decrease, but in Pakistan the reverse is true. Electricity is abundantly available but its price is the highest compared to all countries of South Asia.
He said the peaceful movement of Jamaat-e-Islami will get the rights of the people. The Islamic nation should cooperate with us to achieve the destination of an Islamic welfare Pakistan.