amaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan (L), former JI chief Qazi Hussein Ahmed (R) and Sirajul Haq sit during a rally in Islamabad.— File Photo by AFP

QUETTA: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan has said his party sees elections as a means of bringing about a revolution in the country and asked the people to reject feudal lords and tribal chieftains in the coming polls.

He urged the people to vote for the JI to bring about a positive change in the country. If they did so, security deposits of feudal lords and tribal chieftains would be confiscated.

He was speaking at a public meeting at the Municipal Corporation lawns here on Sunday that marked the launch of the JI’s election campaign in Quetta.

He said a revolution was needed to solve the problems the country was facing. “The country’s situation demands … an Arab Spring-like revolution,” he said, adding that the coming elections could be an alternative to revolution.

“Jamaat-i-Islami will take to streets if the elections bring no change,” he claimed.

He said the people of Balochistan had been deceived in the name of so-called (rights) packages.

Mr Hassan welcomed Balochistan’s nationalist parties’ decision to contest elections and said it would help in normalising the situation in the province.

He said it was an irony that retired general Pervez Musharraf, who had twice abrogated the constitution and was involved in the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the Lal Masjid tragedy, had returned to the country and was trying to contest the election.

“Musharraf should not be allowed to contest elections,” he insisted and said a strong election campaign should be launched against him in Chitral where his nomination papers had been accepted.

The JI chief alleged that political parties that had ruled the country until recently had acted upon US agenda and it had led to an anarchic situation in the country.

Similarly, he said, those who had remained in power in the country for 54 years had followed foreign agenda and got innocent people killed.

He said a few families, representing feudal and tribal aristocracy, had been ruling the country for the last 64 years and were responsible for pushing the country into slavery of the United States. “The JI will get the country rid of US slavery.”

Referring to what he called Afghan jihad, he said Afghan people had defeated both Soviet Union and United States. “I salute Afghan nation who has defeated two supper powers.”

The provincial Amir of the JI Abdul Mateen Akhundzada and others also spoke on the occasion.

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April 8, 2013 3:33 am
All this POS is doing is threatening everybody instead of talking about what their manifesto is? JI is a party that supported every dictator and is responsible for religious extremism and intolerance. Let us not forget that their leaders like Maudaudi were against creation of Pakistan. Ever since this country was created this party has been in the fore front of every undemocratic methods and spewing hatred against anyone not following their idealogy.
April 8, 2013 3:56 am
The leader of Jamaat should go to Afghanistan to celebrate victory of afghans and live their forever. By the way isn't Jamaat e Islami fought American war in 1979 in Afghanistan , these religious doesn't feel ashamed before telling lies to the nation, do they have any dignity or character left, it looks like they do not believe in judgement day
April 8, 2013 2:10 pm
The defamation propaganda about JI is too old and understood by public. The people already understood secularists who ruled this country for 64 years and ruined Pakistan. 2013 is for change!
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