LAHORE, Nov 20: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch says they have yet to decide to make an alliance with any party for the forthcoming general elections.

At a press conference at the press club, he said his party was open to make alliance with “like-minded parties”. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has recently hinted at making an alliance with the JI.

He said joining religious alliance should be a good option but the chances of the MMA’s revival had diminished because of “irresponsible” statements by JUI-F leaders.

Mr Baloch said the JI would take out rallies on Nov 23 against the Israeli attack on Gaza. He said the JI expressed solidarity with the people of Palestinian and condemned the Israel attack on unarmed Muslims. Baloch who returned from Sudan after attending a three-day convention of Islamic movements hosted by the Tehrik Islami, Sudan, said Palestinian representatives told the participants that a one-sided genocide was being carried out in Gaza with help of US-manufactured arms. Israel had imposed a blockade on Gazans for the last many years and even the food and medicines were not allowed into the area. Referring to Syrian representatives, Baloch said the US was deliberately delaying a peaceful solution in Syria only to protect Bashar al Asad and to allow maximum destruction of Syrian infrastructure, economy and human resource. Baloch appealed to D-8 countries to play their role in solving the issues of Muslims world.

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