LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Monday rejected Muttahida Malis-e-Amal’s (MMA) president Fazal-ur-Rehman’s suggestion to boycott oath taking of the new government in the parliament.
Siraj, while addressing a press conference in Mansoorah, Haq said he did not believe in responding to disagreement with hostility.
“We will sit in the opposition with complete dignity and play our part,” he said.
The JI chief and deputy president of MMA further noted that a responsible leadership was put in charge of the electoral process, however, an excessive intervention of institutions had affected the public opinion.
“All efforts were made to remove the national and political leadership from the picture,” Haq said.
“From Karachi to Dir and Chitral, poll results were not released in a timely manner. The election process was made suspicious and it is regrettable that polling agents were sent out while the votes were being counted.”
He said that “the conduction of the election was a welcome sign,” however, “some measures (or their lack thereof) dented the entire polling process”.
He further said,”The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the caretaker setup find themselves in a defensive position.”
Furthermore, he said the new government, likely of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), should be given a chance to work freely.
Siraj added that the party wants “continuation of democracy and supremacy of the parliament”.
He further added that the new government should be given a chance to prove their capabilities.
“We want to give a chance to the newly elected government for the sake of the continuation of democracy.”
Presuming that the PTI is going to form the next government, Haq reminded Imran Khan of his promises that he would “create 10 million jobs, five million houses and help Pakistan break free from the International Monitory Fund (IMF) and the World Bank’s (WB) loans”.
“We are waiting [for Khan] to take practical measures against vulgarity, indecency and all types of corruption,” he added.