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JI to launch massive anti-privatisation movement

13 January, 2014

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will launch a massive anti-privatisation movement after taking political parties and trade unions into confidence.

JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan made the announcement while addressing a crowded press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq here on Sunday.

JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, Naib Ameers JI Karachi Muslim Pervez, Muzaffar Hashmi, Information Secretary Zahid Askari, General Secretary PASLU Zafar Khan, General Secretary PIACE Union Obaidullah and other leaders of trade unions were also present on the occasion.

Speaking at the press conference, Munawar Hasan said that the JI has decided to take to the streets against the matter, adding that the party has evolved a strategy to initiate countrywide peaceful protests against the privatisation of national institutions.

He said when the government has failed to fulfil its promises made before the election and has decided to privatise the national institutions for spreading corruption, unemployment and lawlessness.

Hasan further informed that the government through a letter by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Yaseen Anwar to the IMF stated that a consensus has been made with all political parties and parliament to privatise the national institutions.

"They misguided the IMF by telling a lie that the Council of Common Inertest (CCI) and all political parties have agreed upon for privatisation of national institutions", JI Chief condemned.

On the occasion, Hasan demanded that the issue of privatisation must be raised in Parliament and a committee should be formed to review the performance of privatised institutions.

JI chief informed the media that a meeting of the representatives of all political parties and trade unions under the aegis of JI was to be scheduled on January 16, adding that a convention in this regard has already been conducted in Lahore in which all political parties and trade unions had agreed upon to initiate a joint struggle against privatisation of national institutions.

Munawar Hasan termed the non-payment of salaries to the employees and unemployment "an act of state terrorism", adding that it is one of the forms to ignite terrorism.

Commenting on Musharraf trial, the JI chief said that it was imperative to support a judicial trial against the dictator till its conclusion, adding that the judiciary should adopt transparency in the treason case against former army chief.

Replying to a question, Hasan said that Rangers should reveal political affiliations of the criminals being arrested during the operation.

He further termed Karachi operation, a mere "decoration" and nothing more than that.

Speaking at the occasion, JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem said that the government wants to privatise 68 national institutions, out of which eight were running in profit.

"The JI will continue its struggle against the privatisation and in the interest of the labourers of the country", he confirmed.


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