IMF deal will have far reaching, dire consequences: Siraj-ul-Haq

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ISLAMABAD:  Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator SirajulHaq, has said that the financial agreements of the country were being finalized through non- elected people and added that the IMF deal could have far reaching and dire consequences.

Speaking at an Iftar dinner he hosted for the editors of electronic and print media in an Islamabad hotel, he said that the nation had rightfully rejected the IMF deal as they thought it a new trap of slavery. He said that the hands of the people signing the agreement were not clean either.

Sirajul Haq said that the IMF was the financial institution of those dancing at the tunes of the US and had been established to control the economy of the poor countries without going to a war. He wondered for how long, the fate of the nation would be decided by non elected people.

The JI chief said that the matter would not end with the IMF deal as there was an apprehension that the country would have to secure more loans to clear this loan by mortgaging the state institutions and a day might come when even our airports would also be mortgaged with the IMF.

SirajulHaq said that practically it was a non elected government. He further said that there could be threats to the CPEC while these people were around. Besides, he said, the country could lose some of its best friends.

The JI chief said the government had accepted most humiliating terms of the IMF but had not opted the respectable alternative system based on Zakat and Ushr.  He said that by burdening the country under heavy loans, questions would be asked about the national security and a stage might come when the nuclear programme of the country would have to be pl aced under international control.

Meanwhile, Deputy Ameer of the Jamaat e Islami, LiaqatBaloch, has demanded that the terms of the IMF agreement should be thoroughly debated in the joint session of the parliament.  He was talking to a delegation of local traders. LiaqatBaloch said that the IMF agreement was a document of slavery and the nation had rejected it outright. He said that agreement implied no confidence in the nation and surrender to the colonial powers.