LAHORE: To advance the cause of the proposed grand alliance against the PPP-led ruling coalition, JI secretary general Liaqat Baloch called on veteran leader and JUP central vice president Pir Ijaz Hashmi at his residence on Monday.
JI and PML-N leadership had agreed to work together for establishing a grand alliance of like-minded political parties to remove the PPP-led coalition, when Shahbaz Sharif called on JI ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan at Mansoorah a couple of days ago.
On Monday, Liaqat Baloch informed the JUP leader of the understanding reached between the JI and the PML-N leaderships about a grand alliance to pave way for establishing an impartial interim government to hold fair, free and impartial elections.
According to sources, Baloch invited JUP leadership for working towards achieving this end in order to rid the masses of the corrupt ruling coalition. Pir Ijaz Hashmi, according to sources, shared the concerns of both JI and PML-N leaderships that prompted them to float the idea of grand alliance, but said he would consult the central leadership of the party before any final decision could be taken.
The two leaders appreciated the re-establishment of the Mill Yakjehti Council (MYC) for creating complete unity and harmony among all the Islamic sects and factions in the country.
During the meeting, Baloch backed the widespread mass protests in Punjab against prolonged load shedding, saying that masses’ anger was justified since corrupt rulers had made their lives miserable.
He said rulers were enjoying luxurious lives in their palaces and were least concerned about the agony the general public was facing in the extreme hot weather. He said the country was in the grip of serious crisis, and the port city Karachi was facing the menace of target killing and about a dozen of innocent people were being killed every day.