Epicentre of real power is ‘Rawalpindi’: Siraj

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Says PM’s claim about not entering into NRO-like deal with any political party does not matter at all
Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Senator Sirajul Haq has said that so-called mainstream political parties’ rhetoric about democratic values and claim that power lies with the people is only eyewash.
Talking to reporters after addressing a training workshop of JI Youth at Mansoora on Sunday, he added that it was a proven fact that epicenter of real power and authority to issue “NRO” in Pakistan was “Rawalpindi.”
“The prime minister’s claim about not entering into NRO-like deal with any political party does not matter at all.”
The JI Ameer said the support of main opposition parties to the government proposed bill proved that they were all looking in the same direction when it came to the matter of their own interest. He said the political parties contested election only to enjoy power and they were least worried about problems of the masses.
Siraj, who recently made a five-day visit to the different areas of Balochistan, expressed regret over the plight of the masses in the biggest province. He said majority of residents of Balochistan was living without gas, electricity and basic health facilities. The condition of a common man in Sindh where a political party was enjoying power for decades was even miserable, he added.
The JI chief lamented that PTI government which made tall claims to introduce reforms in governance and end corruption and nepotism not only failed to bring any change but it proved itself even worst from the previous regimes. The prime minister statement that a person could only get relief in grave actually reflected his helplessness, said the senator.
The present regime, he said, completely destroyed the economy and snatched every mean of earning from poor and middle class. It burdened masses with record debt and virtually handed over the government to the IMF, he added.
Senator Siraj said the present rulers were not only making flawed domestic policies but they abandoned the Kashmir cause. Referring to the statement of the Indian army chief, he said he was afraid that New Delhi would not only talk about Muzaffarabad but it would make claim on Islamabad in future if the government continued its same weak stance on Kashmir.