JI calls Zarb-e-Azb just a ‘painkiller’

Siraj asks govt to end military operation within short time

ISLAMABAD – Jamat-e-Islami leader Siraj-ul-Haq has said that military operation in North Waziristan is not a permanent solution rather it is just a 'painkiller.'

Talking to journalists after attending the conference held at the PM House here, he demanded of the government to culminate it within minimum possible time. He said that the issue of displaced persons from Mohmand and Bajaur agencies could not yet fully resolved so the addition of more displaced persons would aggravate the situation.

Siraj said that the national issues could not be resolved until the country becomes politically stable. He opined that the problems in the tribal areas would be resolved if the government addresses their issues relating to infrastructure, employment and basic needs. He said it was unfortunate that the tribal areas had been allocated only Rs 18 billion in the annual budget.

The Jammat chief also proposed that tribal peoples should be involved in the process to resolve their issues and development of the area. To a question, he said Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhwa province did not attend the security conference on instruction of his party chief Imran Khan.

He said only the poor people would bear the brunt of prevailing political tension and confrontation. However efforts were underway to resolve the situation amicably, he said. Siraj said his party had given him mandate to carry forward dialogue process and any update was shared with the other political parties too.

He said he was scheduled to meet the government's senior leadership on Saturday to discuss the matter while he was also in contact with the PTI leadership. When asked whether his party would take part in Azadi March, he said the matter would be decided after August 10 and added that imposition of Article 245 in Islamabad was non-political.

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