JI opposes privatization drive


LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that the government was selling out major national institutions to hinder progress in Pakistan.

Addressing an anti-Privatization rally staged by the National Labour Federation outside Lahore Press Club, he warned that the sell out of state run institutions would render thousands of workers jobless and darken the future of the country and the nation. Rising unemployment was bound to increase crime in the society.

The rally was also addressed by NLF president, Shamsur Rahman Swati, Rail Mazdoor Ittehad chief Sh. Muhammad Anwar, Wapda Paigham Union chief S.D. Saqib, and others.

The JI chief called upon the government to present an account of the earnings from the privatization of 167 state controlled institutions during the second term of the PML-N rule before going for fresh privatization.

He said, if the rulers were sincere with the country, they should transfer their wealth in foreign banks to the Pakistani banks so that the country was in a position to dispense with foreign aid received on harsh terms and heavy interest.

He said it was the agenda of the US, Israel and India to deepen chaos and unrest in the country as would create a justification for placing our nuclear assets in international control.

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