Electoral reforms without political consensus, a futile exercise: Siraj
LAHORE – Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq said electoral reforms without political consensus on all sides would be a futile exercise, saying the government’s plan to install electronic voting machines (EVMs) before the elections is tantamount to rigging the poll digitally. That’s what he said at the JI Majlise Shoora (Executive Council) meeting in Mansoora on Wednesday.
The meeting discussed the performance of the OMC in the cantonment council election, preparations for future polls, the overall political and economic situation in the country and the situations in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine. Sirajul Haq rejected the government’s anti-forced conversion bill, the domestic violence bill and other anti-religious attempts as an attack on the country’s ideological base, warning the government to amend or prepare to face the demonstration. He also announced that the JI would launch a campaign for the protection of women under Islamic laws.
He said JI would organize the country’s youth across the country, criticizing the ruling party for deceiving the younger generation in the name of “change.” He said millions of educated young people were unemployed as the prime minister failed to honor his pledge to create ten million jobs for them. The head of the JI said there was no difference between the policies of the PTI and the former government. The ruling elite, he said, were overwhelming the country with massive loans and the interest-based economy had ruined all sectors.