Addressing a crowded press conference at Mansoora at the start of the JI Shoora meeting, he said that certain political and non-political forces wanted to save the military dictator from punishment. He said that instead of the Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif, the ISPR should have issued a statement to explain the armed forces position on the issue.
Syed Munawar Hasan said if Pervez Musharraf was sent abroad, the common man would believe that the ex- general had been allowed to flee the country. He said since all were equal in the eyes of the law, a culprit must be punished for his crime. The former army chief should face the law with courage and there should not be any interference by the government either.
The JI Ameer expressed reservations over the statement of Pakistan’s new envoy to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani, that a complete US pull out from Afghanistan was not desirable and remarked that who ever went to the US forgot the national interests and instead pleaded for Washington. He termed the envoy’s statement as against diplomatic norms, and called for an explanation from the Foreign office on this score.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that terrorism in the region had increased hundred per cent after the arrival the Americans, and Pakistan could never pull out of this mire as long as the US remained here.
The JI Ameer said the Prime Minister had tasked Maulana Samiul Haq for the talk with the Taliban.
However, the Maulana should take his well-wishers and the nation into confidence about his mandate and priorities. He further said that all the issues concerning the talks with the Taliban decided with the government should be crustal clear.
Syed Munawar Hasan welcomed the statement of the European Union’s President on the Kashmir issue and said it had fully exposed India’s brutalities and repression on the helpless Kashmiris.
and had also underscored the need for self determination right to the Kashmiris.
The Ji Ameer said it was the duty the rulers to solve peoples problems and protect their life, property and honour but nothing had been done in this regard. He said the Senate Standing Committee had also expressed concern over the privatization of the major national institutions including the PIA but the government seemed to be determined to do that for securing more loans from the IMF.