Naib Ameer Jama’at-e-Islami Hafiz Mohammad Idrees has said world aid for the quake victims was not pouring in at the desired pace because the government was hiding facts about this natural calamity, while delivering the Friday sermon at Jamia Mansoorah.
Hafiz Idrees said General Musharraf’s criticism about the religious organisations and his concern over their participation in the relief work speaks of his double standards. “He can welcome Israeli and Indian help, but not willing to allow his own countrymen to lend a hand to rebuild devastated quake affected areas. How can international bodies trust a regime which is not willing to share the stark realities, like number of causalities with the world enabling them to ascertain the magnitude of men and material loss. On the other hand, the government is not capable of providing the relief goods to the needy that is why a country is facing more losses than the tsunami, is without the world help in this hour of need,” he added.
According to JI leader General Musharraf's reported notion “not to allow opening of Deeni Madaris in the quake-hit areas because they promote orthodox culture" manifests his ulterior designs against the garrisons of Islam. “The world powers are united against Islam, which warrants unification in the ranks of Muslim Ummah,” he stated.
Hafiz Idrees came down heavily on the Muttahida Quami Movement for attacking JI workers in the AJK capital and condemned subsequent use of pressure tactics to malign the government. “Four MQM ministers threatened to quit the government if Islamabad allowed the law enforcing agencies to initiate cases against the arrested culprits of MQM involved in firing incident,” he alleged. (November 11, 2005)