LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen and other religio-political parties have welcomed the COAS action against corruption and termed it a historic event in the history of the country.

The parties top leadership in their separate statement asked the government, investigating agencies to start the process of accountability on war footage to get rid of menace of corruption.

JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq said that the army chief had set an example by acting against the corrupt elements in the armed forces and the rulers should also follow suit by offering themselves for accountability. He said that the nation would accept only the enquiry commission on Panama leaks headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. He said that the talk of a parliamentary commission was simply a time-gaining tactic as such a commission would not access to the international institutions.

Sirajul Haq said that the political parties should weed out the corrupt elements within their ranks and said that the JI offered itself for this task. He however declared that the Prime Minister would neither be allowed to hide behind a commission of his choice nor the matter would be allowed to die out itself.

The JI chief said the Federal Finance Minister had admitted that the Pakistanis working abroad were remitting more than Rs. 18 billion to the country annually.

He said it was most shameful that whereas the overseas Pakistanis were earning foreign exchange for the country, the rulers were transferring national wealth to foreign countries. The JI chief said that the Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers had been crying hoarse for accountability and recovery of the plundered wealth from the corrupt but they were now reluctant to offer themselves for accountability. He announced that the JI would stage a big rally against corruption in Peshawar on April 23 and in Lahore on April 24 and urged the masses to join the rally in maximum numbers so that the rulers could not escape accountability.

PAT chairman Dr. Tahirul Qadri welcomed the action in direction of purging the country of corruption taken by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. He said that the army chief took a step in the right direction. He said the system of accountability in civil institutions differs from the one carried out in Army, and the process of accountability must continue and everyone, especially politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen should also go through this process.

“Gen Raheel Sharif has initiated the cleansing process from his own home,” he said and added the process will not stop here, adding that the facilitators of corruption, those involved in financial terrorism should also be sent to jail. He said that it is high time that politicians ponder over the nuisance of corruption.