ISLAMABAD – With only three days in hands to their big show at Pakistan Minaret, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) goes digital to attract the attention of residents in twin cities.
JI has now adopted somewhat modern techniques to propagate their stance and presence as their Ijtima’a e Aam – General Convention – is going to be held on 21 to 23 November.
Over the weekends, JI’s workers were busy displaying banners, wide-angle screens, latest sound systems and information desks at almost every major crossing in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. They were playing party anthems, audio/video clips of their leadership and distributing pamphlets about their three-day rally protest in Lahore.
At one such stall, displayed in Rawalpinid, young workers of JI told PakistanTribe‘s correspondent that all their energies were focus on Lahore’s procession. “It will be what no one has ever seen,” one enthusiast chanted in a louder than required tone. When asked the in charge of that display stall said “These wide screens, sound system and party anthems were always there. We have only increased the use of such items.”
However, at least one party described the increased JI activities in Punjab to counter their stepping. The Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) – which hold an arch rivalry with Jamat-e-Islami in Karachi – claimed on Sunday that his membership campaign in Punjab were specifically targeted by certain factors. Parliamentary head of MQM Dr Farooq Sattar said in a press conference “Our banners and promotion material were torn apart. We were trying to contact Chief Minister Pujab Shahbaz Sahrif but he did not entertain our requests to contact.”
Moreover, as many speculations were being made that JI Chief Sirajul Haq might join Imran Khan’s movement against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, Professor Ibrahim – JI’s head in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) – made it clear that what taste Imran Khan would have on his taste buds after November 30.
Ibrahim – who remained an active member of outlawed Taliban appointed negotiation committee for peace dialogues – clearly termed Imran Khan’s agitation as ‘Dance and Singing’. He said “Dance and singing cannot bring any change and our party workers will never be a part of it.”