Siraj says Senate polls blot on country’s democratic history


HYDERABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Sunday said that the recently-held Senate election has become a ‘stain’ on the country’s democratic history.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that the politicians who used money in the (Senate’s) election process would only be interested in solving their own problems instead of the masses. “Certain corrupt politicians have hijacked country’s politics and democracy,” he said.

Siraj said that the Election Commission of Pakistan also merely played the role of a silent bystander. Various political figures, including those from the ruling party, have criticised ‘horse-trading’ in the Senate election held on March 3.

The Jamaat leader also criticised the treatment meted out to the prime minister during his recent private visit to the United States, saying that the government has insulted the masses by not giving any reaction to the incident.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was seen at an airport in the US without any security protocol during a visit to the country. He was reportedly made to go through security check at the airport like a common person.