JI against army’s role in political affairs

Siraj says defence not political issues primary task of army

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sirajul Haq has said that involvement of the armed forces in political affairs is not a good precedent and it had not added to the prestige of Pakistan and the nation in the world communities.

Addressing the congregation on Friday at Mansoora mosque, the Jamaat chief said that the primary task of the armed forces was the defence of Pakistan’s geographical borders and the political issues should be resolved by the politicians themselves.

He said that the Jamaat had made honest efforts during the last three weeks for rapprochement between the government and the protesting parties so that the crisis could be resolved without delay. He said that the participants of the sit-ins in Islamabad had faced hardships during the last three weeks.

He said that he and his team had also sleepless nights and had made hectic efforts for a peaceful solution of the crisis. He expressed the hope that the dust would settle soon and the crisis would be over.

Referring to Gaza situation, Siraj said that fresh ceasefire had been struck after a month-long bombardment by Israel and this was a victory for Muslims. This had proved that faith was stronger than the guns, he said.

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