US statement on drones a challenge: JI chief

May 19, 2013 Off By Web Desk

LAHORE: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that Washington’s statement to continue drone attacks was a challenge for the newly elected rulers.

In a statement here on Sunday, he said that the protection of the life of the citizens was the foremost responsibility of the rulers whereas the killing of innocent tribal people in the name of Al Qaida and Taliban only proved the helplessness of the Pakistan government and the armed forces.

Hasan said the US had been continuously targeting the tribal areas and the drone attacks were making a mockery of Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty. He said if the newly elected rulers also continued a cowardly policy on this score like Musharraf and Zardari, their popularity would soon change into hatred. Therefore, the new government would have to dissociate itself from the US war and disallow the drone attacks.

The JI Ameer impressed upon Mian Nawaz Sharif to pick up courage on the basis of his public mandate and adopt a bold stance in accordance with the nation’s aspirations.

Making it clear to the US that any more drone attacks won’t be tolerated.
He said, the newly elected rulers would have to get out of the US pressure for safeguarding the country’s solidarity and integrity and to restore its image in the comity of the nations.

He said as the nation had expressed its confidence in Nawaz Sharif, he too should throw off the yoke of US slavery and refuse to side with the US and NATO. He said the violation of Pakistan’s territorial frontiers by the drones was against international law.

The JI Ameer further said that peace and stability is essential for national development and progress, and added that as long as terrorist events and US aggression continued, the country could not progress.