Lahore, January 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): The central Shoora of the Jamaat e Islami, has deplored the complete silence of the government regarding the local bodies elections and has called for taking all constitutional steps for the transfer of powers to the peoples’ elected representatives at the grass root level. A resolution adopted by the Shoora at its meeting chaired by the Ameer, JI, Senator Sirajul Haq, said that soon after the assumption of power, the PTI government had announced holding local bodies elections and also set up a Task Force for reforms in the local bodies system.
However, till now, the new set up of the local bodies had not been announced nor there was any move in that direction. The Shoora demanded that the home work for local governments be done and the delimitations of the constituencies be completed at the earliest. It said that in the provinces and the federal area, where the term of the local government had not expired, the local bodies should be provided funds immediately.
It said the delimitation of local government constituencies in the former FATA should be completed and the elections should be announced forthwith. Through another resolution, the JI central body termed the performance of the government during its first 125 days, as totally unsatisfactory and said that the Prime Minister and his cabinet were continuously negating their own statements. It urged the government to review its policies and working in the light of its election manifesto. It noted that the party that had talked of the state of Madina, had not only released Christian woman Aasia Masih charged of blasphemy but had involved the people protesting over the government action in serious cases and sent them to jail.
A well known Qadyani Aatif Mian was appointed economic advisor which hurt the sentiments of the millions of the faithful. A ruling party woman MNA argued in favour of Israel’s recognition on the floor of the house while a Bill proposing a ban on liquor moved by a Hindu MNA was rejected and even ridiculed by the government and opposition members. The resolution recalled the statement of the Prime Minister Imran Khan that the PTI would not work hand in hand with the MQM nor would it be blackmailed by the latter.
However, he said, that practically, the PTI was in power by virtue of the MQM support. It was due to MQM’s blackmailing that the evil of “Bhatta” or extortion had not been controlled in Karachi nor the culprits involved in the 12th of May killings, and the Baldia Town factory tragedy Karachi had been traced or punished.
The Shoora further said that instead of creating ten million jobs, the government had caused an increase in unemployment by its drive against encroachment. It said that Imran Khan had exploited the fact of 26,000 billion loan on the country during election campaign but his government was securing more loans. The steps being taken to stop transfer of capital to other countries were having negative effects.
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