LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has warned political parties of the imposition of martial law due to prevailing political situation.

Speaking to journalists after hosting a reception in hounour of organisers of JI congregation held at Mina-e-Pakistan, he hinted at the martial law might if political parties did not learn lessons of the past. He said that situation was also similar in 1977.

He asked the government and PTI to start dialogues as the prevailing situation was only increasing the problems of Pakistan. He lamented that Chief Election Commissioner was also appointed on Supreme Court’s pressure.

The JI chief said the government itself had claimed that the country was incurring financial loss to the tune of more than Rs. 64 billion per day because of the sit-ins and protests. He said in such a situation, the government itself should be the first to shake their ego and show seriousness for talks. He said that setting preconditions for talks was tantamount to blocking dialogue. He said that while he was trying hard to bring the two sides sit together, some people were trying to spoil the situation in order to politicize on dead bodies.  

The JI chief welcomed the statement of the Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif that the IDPs should get ready for going back to their homes. However, he hoped that the process would be started soon.  

Sirajul Haq said it was a pity that appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner had also been made on the pressure of the Supreme Court. It was imperative that the Election Commission was made fully autonomous as in India, he added.

He said that in order to build Pakistan as a model Islamic welfare state, the Shariah must be enforced in the country.

The JI chief said that the government had not reduced the POL prices proportionate to the fall in the prices in the world market. Moreover, the common man had not benefited from this decision, he added.