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

In an issued statement, 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 govt and the armed forces.

Munawar said that the US had been continuously targeting the tribal areas and the drone attacks were making a mockery of Pakistan’s 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, he said.

The JI Ameer impressed upon 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. He said that 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.

Munawar also stressed upon the security institutions and agencies to give up their game in order to overcome target killings and lawlessness in Karachi. The MQM, he said, was holding the city hostage and had seized its control, the economic hub of the country through coercion and rigging, as had shattered all dreams of the country’s development and stability.