LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) have agreed to launch a joint struggle for upholding the supremacy of the Constitution with all out support to the Supreme Court, for holding free, fair and transparent elections under an independent Election Commission and for an end to military operations and US drone attacks.
A four-member delegation of the PTI, led by chairman Imran Khan, called on the JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan at Mansoora on Thursday.
The leaders of both parties discussed the political situation of the country. The meeting was attended by JI deputy chiefs Prof. Khurshid Ahmed, Dr Muhammad Kamal, Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Saleemi and JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch.
After the meeting, PTI chief Khan told the media that the two parties had decided to foil all conspiracies against the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Supreme Court.
He said that the corrupt mafia was hatching conspiracies against the judiciary. Plunderers had ganged up in the name of democracy and wanted to demolish the Constitution and constitutional institutions, however, the JI and the PTI would counter the evil designs of such elements, Khan said.
The PTI chief slated the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the Prime Minister and said that the motive was to protect President Asif Ali Zardari’s corruption, adding that the National Assembly had been reduced to an auction house and the MNAs were being won over in exchange for billions of rupees for the sake of ministries. He said that the PTI would not enter into an electoral alliance with a party striving for status quo.
He further said that the JI was the only party that could be trusted, and which stood up for its principles.
In reply to a question, Khan reiterated that the armed forces should not have any role in the formation of the government.
During the day, addressing a press conference, he had said that elections and not the military, are the way out for Pakistan in these trying times.
Khan and Hassan called for setting up an agreed interim government involving all the stakeholders for ensuring free and transparent elections. They demanded that the names of the people killed in drone attacks and military operations should be disclosed so that the people know the facts, said a press statement later issued by the JI. It stated that the leaders called for an implementation of the Supreme Court directives in regard to the missing persons.
The JI chief told the media that the two parties were already in agreement on several points. The PTI was also striving for the establishment of an Islamic government in the country, and both the parties had been apprising the rulers of their weaknesses and had also been educating the masses about the rulers’ misdeeds, he added.
He further said that free, fair and transparent elections were the only way for a change in the country.