Lahore—Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq presented himself on Sunday for accountability in the wake of Panama Papers controversy and corruption accusations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.
“I present myself and my team for accountability as I begin the fight against corruption from my own self,” he said while addressing a sit-in at Mall Road in Lahore.
The JI chief also announced to hold countrywide protests against corruption from May 1.
A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents on April 3 exposed the secret offshore dealings of world leaders and celebrities, also naming three of Prime Minister’s children for owning London real estate through offshore companies.
“Only JI can save Pakistan from the rampant corruption because we do not have any allegations or stigma of corruption against us,” Sirajul Haq added.
Terming it as economic terrorism, he urged people who had gathered in the rally to raise their voice against growing corruption in the corridors of power.
“The rulers have not only failed us, they have destroyed the future of coming generations of this country.”
The prime minister, the Ameer said, often boasts about establishing Pakistan Steel Mills and asked him “why the employees of PSM have not been paid for months?”
Criticisng the performance of the National Accountability Bureau and Federal Board of Revenue, he said both had failed to work for people.
“We had a lot of expectations from NAB. But now we ask them that how could they forgive the plunderers of this nation? Neither NAB nor FBR worked well,” he said.
Sirajul Haq said the leaders who have suffered from moral degradation should be stripped of the right to govern. “A commission is also needed over moral corruption,” he added.
He said even names of many opposition leaders have come up in Panama Papers, making them think whether to push forth or retreat.
The JI Amir said the government cherry picked the terms of reference for the commission announced by the Prime Minister in a televised address.
Taking a stand against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N after the Panama Papers revelations, the leader of the religious party said the incumbent rulers earned their money from Pakistan and invest it in foreign countries.
“They earn here in Pakistan and keep their wealth, assets in Panama. I am taken aback at the thought that poor children are dying in this country and the rulers are investing their money in Panama,” he said.
Sirajul Haq also said the Nawaz Sharif would often say that Pakistan will be transformed into a liberal and secular state but his wish couldn’t become a reality.
“The graves of Hazrat Ali Hajvery, Allama Iqbal and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi in this very city Lahore are the reasons that Pakistan cannot become a secular country,” he said.
“Pakistan will remain an Islamic state and, therefore, become a prosperous country,” he added.
Sirajul Haq stated that the people of the country are being fooled on the basis of accountability and democracy for the past 68 years, adding that the same “dacoits and thieves” join other parties by simply changing the party flags.
He said that those loyal to the British maintain hold over the country, the political landscape, factories and democracy adding that such a hypocritical attitude led to the separation of East Pakistan.
Siraj said that there is nothing there for the poor in democracy as it is “a game of the capitalists”. He also said that the country’s judicial and electoral system is flawed. “Had Sultana Daku been alive in Pakistan today, he would also be a member of the National Assembly or a Senator”, he said. He said that he wants reformation in the system in which the Supreme Court’s door is unlocked using a key made out of gold.