Afghans be allowed to decide their future: Baloch


LAHORE: Acting Ameer of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Liaqat Baloch, told an Afghan delegation which called on him at Mansoora on Monday that peace could be restored in Afghanistan only if the foreign troops left that country and the Afghan people were allowed to decide their future by free will.

The acting JI chief said on the occasion that the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan were not only neighbours but they were also linked together through the everlasting bonds of Islam. He said that terrorism and subversive activities had brought destruction in both the countries.

He said the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was under pressure to stop dialogue with the Taliban and continue hostilities towards Pakistan. He said that the US and NATO had failed in Afghanistan during the last thirteen years and they could not succeed in their plans even in future. He said that the US President Obama’s term was ending and the internal conflicts of the US were creating crises abroad as well.

Liaqat Baloch said that the JI wanted peace in the region on the basis of justice and equality.

The JI acting chief, in his a meeting with a delegation of the National Labour Federation, opposed the privatization of the major national institutions including the PIA and Pakistan Steel. He said that such a decision would be tantamount to the economic murder of the workers of these institutions.

Liaqat Baloch said that the government was supposed to protect the national institutions. He said these institutions were a national asset and the government should convene an APC to discuss the matter. He said both the PIA and the Pakistan Steel had great potential and the government should trust their workers and provide them an opportunity to rejuvenate their institutions.