LAHORE: Senate has lost its moral standing because of the blatant use of horsetrading in the Senate election, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Ameer Senator Sirjaul Haq said on Friday.
Speaking with media persons at Mansoora, he said that not just a few horses, but an entire stable traded hands and everyone involved had been so despoiled that no one in the upper house of parliament could now see eye-to-eye.
Holding those who purchased assembly members, he said that they were just as guilty as those who sold their votes.
Sirajul Haq said that JI had proposed the name of Raza Rabbani as the Senate Chairman, but PPP co-chairman Zardari chose not to support his own party’s senator.
Welcoming the order passed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for removing police security from persons who did not qualify to receive such protection, the JI chief said that it was high time to strictly deal with elements who thrust dictatorship upon the country in the name of democracy.
Senator Sirajul Haq urged the CJP to wipe out corrupt practices from national politics, adding that without doing so, it was impossible to stop adulteration in milk.
Until and unless “6,000 corruption kingpins are jailed, this vice cannot be wiped out”, he said.
He said that if the Supreme Court was prepared to resort to a true accountability, the entire nation would stand behind the apex court.
He said that at the elections was the season when political birds changed nests, jumping from one nest to the next. But, he said, the masses were now fully awake and if such elements wrapped themselves up in the drape of the holy Ka’aba, they would be traced out, and every penny of the plundered national wealth would be recovered.
The JI chief said that the previous rulers had chained the nation through the IMF and World Bank loans, adding that only a government following Islamic tenets could break this chain. He said that the Nizam-e-Mustafa was the only solution to problems confronting the nation.
He said that if Nawaz Sharif had built a modern hospital in the country, he would not have to travel to London for the treatment of his ill wife.
The JI chief said that the federal government should apologise to the nation for having failed to provide uninterrupted electricity and eliminate power outages.
He said if characters involved in Panama, Dubai and London papers were able to return to assemblies again, the ECP, NAB and other accountability institutions would be responsible.
‘General elections should not be conducted like Senate elections’
Islamabad, he said, was now populated with unconscionable elements and there was an overabundance of foreign secret agencies where it was impossible to raise a voice in support of the Kashmir cause.
Senator Haq accused Islamabad of sabotaging the Kashmir liberation movement which was “a movement for the completion of Pakistan”.