JI opposes targeting only one province for development

LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has stressed upon the federal government to strive for foreign and local investment all over the country instead of concentrating on a single province.

In a statement here on Tuesday, he said that making the Punjab as the target of development projects and foreign investment was creating sense of deprivation in other provinces as was deadly for the national unity and solidarity. The nation so far had not forgotten the 1971 debacle while most patriotic and senior politicians from Balochistan had started

saying that as long as the Punjab did not change its attitude, it would be difficult form them to raise the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad.”

Syed Munawar Hasan said that the crowding of the Prime Minister’s family members and managers of his private concerns in his foreign tours only proved that the Premier was attaching more importance to his private business than the state institutions for promoting private business.

JI Ameer counseled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the Sindh, Khyber O. and Balochistan in order to take the people into confidence. He said the military operations had created a wedge between the masses and it was imperative that these be stopped and the gulf between the masses and the armed forces be reduced.

He said that the government’s failure to begin talks with the Taliban in line with APC decision had wasted the golden opportunity for restoration of peace. He said it had been a rare moment when the whole nation stood united but the rulers wasted it due to their cowardice and slavish mindset. He said that as long as peace was not restored in the country and terrorism brought to end, investment would only remain a dream.

He said that because of the US war, there was a strong sense of insecurity among the local and foreign investors and even the Pakistan capitalists were transferring their capital abroad. Strongly objecting to India’s water aggression against the country, Hasan called upon the government to take up the issue with New Delhi in a bold and firm manner.

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