Elections only way forward to put country on track: Siraj

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Amir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq has rejected the buzz about installing a technocrat caretaker setup for a year or more as a joke and said the elections are the only way forward to put the country on track. Addressing a press conference at Mansoorah on Thursday, he emphasized the need for electoral reforms before the polls. He added elections without reforms will worsen the crises further.

Sirajul Haq expressed solidarity with the people of Balochistan and condemned the police crackdown on the Gwadar sit-in. He announced the JI will mark Friday as the day of solidarity with Balochistan. He said the propaganda was being spread that the Gwadar sit-in was against the CPEC.

“I want to make it clear that CPEC is crucial for the development of Pakistan, and the JI is fully supporting the project.” Residents of Gwadar had been demanding their rights even before the idea of CPEC, he said, adding the government should listen to their demands and hold dialogue with them. The JI, he said, has never supported violence in politics. The JI chief said the country was paying the price of the ill-conceived policies of the PDM.—INP