LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resolve to carry the Karachi operation to its logical end, saying this should also be reflected by the practical measures of the government.

In a statement here yesterday, he said the nation should be informed of the actions so far taken against the target killers and those involved in heinous crimes. He said the federal and provincial governments must be on one page to ensure success of the operation.

The JI chief said that the prime minister should also talk of controlling corruption and bringing the corrupt to the dock. At the same time, the premier should disown those who have plundered the public money and deposited the same in banks abroad, and also pledge to transfer his family’s wealth abroad to the country.

Sirajul Haq said the cancer of corruption had engulfed all state institutions and the culture of bribe and Safarish had ruined the working of the entire government but the rulers were not giving any attention to the menace. Due to that, the common man had serious complains against the government and semi- government institutions. If the government could control the plundering, it could save money to the tune of Rs. 40 billion per annum and cut its unnecessary spending, the working of the institutions could be improved and a huge amount could be made available for public health and education. In this way, the country could be freed from the shackles of the IMF and the World Bank.

The JI chief said that the PML-N government had already spent half of its tenure but there was no headway made to fulfil the election promises. On the other hand, the difficulties of the general public were increasing. Load shedding of electricity was continuing even during the month of December. He said if the government was serious in checking line losses and electricity theft, it should announce stringent punishments for electricity theft and the big power thieves in the ranks of the government should also be brought to book.

Senator Haq said there was talk of rigging even in Lodhran by-election but the Election Commission had so far, not acted upon the recommendations of the Parliamentary party on this count nor had there been any activity that could show that the ECP had any plans in this respect.

He said the inaction by the Election Commission despite repeated complaints only proved that the ECP was deliberately fleeing from its responsibility.