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November 12, 2013

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Army interfering in politics: JI

LAHORE: Following the Sunday’s statement of the ISPR condemning the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan’s assertion of last Friday that those fighting for the US cause inside Pakistan, including the military personnel, were not martyrs, the top JI leadership on Monday declared full support to its chief and held that the army was crossing the limits and directly interfering in politics.
In response to the ISPR’s demand from the JI chief to withdraw his statement, an emergency meeting of the JI leadership at Mansoora observed that the army had no right to do politics and certain elements were engaging it into a needless debate at a time when the country needed to counter the external enemies more than ever.
After the JI meeting chaired by Munawar Hassan, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch briefed the media about its decisions, saying the JI leadership resolved that the armed forces had no right to directly interfere in politics or democratic issues, and the party would draw the attention of the federal government towards it.
He said, “We endorse the statement of our Ameer.”He said the biggest issues threatening the national security were the Nato supplies and drone attacks, as the entire nation was unanimously demanding an end to both. “But certain elements with ulterior motives are mingling these national demands with irrelevant issues,” said Liaquat Baloch, flanked by JI deputy chiefs Dr Muhammad Kamal and Sirajul Haq.
Baloch said the JI leadership was surprised as to how the numerous resolutions of the JI and policy statements of Syed Munawar Hassan backing the armed forces against enemy conspiracies and paying tribute to the army jawans, officers and other security institutions, especially the martyrs of Salala and Upper Dir, could be ignored by the military high-ups.
Avoiding journalists’ queries, Baloch said the meeting demanded that Pakistan must pull out of the US war against Islam forthwith, as it was a conspiracy

to drag the army into a fight against its own people, and a dangerous continuation of the military dictator Pervez Musharraf’s policies.
He said the meeting also assured the nation that the JI would continue its struggle for national security, freeing the country of the US slavery and safeguarding the ideological and geographical boundaries of the country.
The meeting was attended by JI deputy chiefs Ch Muhammad Aslam Saleemi, Dr Muhammad Kamal, Sirajul Haq, Maulana Abdul Malik, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Hafiz Sajid Anwar and others.

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