LAHORE: Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that with the withdrawal of the NATO and US troops from Afghanistan, the enemies of Islam had stepped up their conspiracies to create misunderstanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan lest the two Muslims states became closer and emerged as a big power.
He was talking to a delegation of traders carrying out trade of cloth from Lahore to Afghanistan in the city on Monday.
The JI Secretary General said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan had highly important strategic location and the two were linked together through common religion, blood and cultural ties. Besides, for the last thirty five years, the two neighboring states had revived the historic Islamic tradition of the Mohajireen and the Ansar.
Liaqat Baloch said that the withdrawal of the US/NATO troops from Afghanistan was important for the both countries and their people and this was the time for a positive step towards the solution of the problems facing the two countries and their armed forces.
Expressing deep grief over the Peshawar tragedy, he however said that the enemy target behind the tragedy was to create bad blood between the two neighbours so that they did not come closer to each other.
The JI central leader however objected to the attitude of the security personnel towards the Afghan traders engaged in the trade of cloth from the Azam Cloth Market in the city, the biggest cloth market of Asia.
He said that these traders imported cloth from the Lahore market to Afghanistan and central Asian states and were a source of foreign exchange for the country but the security agencies were malte4ating them on the excuse of terrorism and security. He urged the federal and the Punjab governments to take notice of the matter and provide security to these traders.