LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq Monday credited Pakistan’s creation solely to founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s efforts, saying that JI is not radical or extremist party.
Speaking at a ceremony in Aiwan-i-Iqbal to celebrate national poet Allama Iqbal’s 138th birth anniversary, the JI chis said had there been no Quaid-i-Azam, there would have been no Pakistan. The creation of a free homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent would have remained only a dream without Jinnah, he added.
Siraj said Pakistan needed brave and honest rulers who could challenge the country’s external enemies and work towards changing the fortunes of the masses.
He was of the view that the governments come and go but the condition of the poor remained the same. He said that the biggest challenge for the common man was to get rid of these cruel rulers.
Siraj claimed that the JI was an ideological party, which could only turn Pakistan into a true Islamic democracy. "Tell everyone that the JI is not a radical or extremist party," Haq told his supporters.
He also criticised the federal government’s decision to cancel the Iqbal Day holiday and said the greatness of the poet, popularly known as ‘Shair-i-Mashriq’ (poet of the east), cannot be undermined by ignoring his birth anniversary.