JI plans anti-privatization drive

Karachi: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will launch an anti-privatization movement soon, said JI amir Syed Munawar Hasan, addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq here on Sunday. He said they have decided to take to streets against the privatization of the State-owned institutions. He said the government has failed to fulfil its election promises. He said privatization would spread corruption, unemployment and lawlessness.

Hasan said that the government through a letter by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Yaseen Anwar to International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that a consensus has been made with political parties and parliament to privatize the State-owned organizations.

He demanded that the issue of privatization must be raised in Parliament and a committee formed to review the performance of the institutions privatized in Pakistan so far.

He said a meeting of his party with representatives of political parties and trade unions is scheduled on January 16 to discuss this issue and initiate a joint struggle against the privatization of the national institutions.

Commenting on Musharraf trial, he said that it is imperative to support the judicial trial against dictator till its logical conclusion.

To a question about Karachi law and order, Munawar Hasan said that the Rangers should reveal the political affiliation of the criminals arrested during the ongoing operation in the city.

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