LAHORE, Nov 14 (SABAH): Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that the process of accountability would remain incomplete until the wealth of the plunderers lying in banks abroad was retrieved.
He was addressing the parliamentary board of the JI at Mansoora on Tuesday.
Sirajul Haq urged the Supreme Court to devise a mechanism for retrieving the trillions misappropriated out of the public exchequer and deposited in banks abroad and ensure its recovery through a suo moto notice. He said that the mere trial and arrest of the plunderers would be of little use for the masses until the public money stashed by the corrupt was recovered.
He further said that if the NAB Chairman did not open the 180 cases of mega corruption lying buried in the NAB offices, the masses would be justified to assume that the NAB still remained under influence of the ruling elite.
The JI chief said that corruption was the root cause of poverty, unemployment and shortage of basic facilities in the country. He said that almost half of the country’s population was facing shortage of food whereas 89 per cent of the people did not get clean drinking water. Every year, around two and a half lakh youth were graduating from the country’s universities but failed to get suitable jobs. He said that more than six million Pakistanis had become addicts while 34 per cent suffered from depression.
Siajul Haq said that the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had admitted in the parliament that more than two hundred billion dollars owned by the plunderers was lying abroad. He said if this money was brought to the country, not only all the loan of the country could be cleared but the burden of taxes on the masses could be considerably reduced to provide them much relief.
The JI chief noted that the government had so far not disclosed the names of those behind the recent conspiracy to amend the laws relating to the Khatme Nubuwwat.
The meeting was also attended by the JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, JI deputy chief Mian Muhammad Aslam, JI Punjab chief and JI MPA Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar.