Lashing out at the VVIP culture, Jamatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said that those enjoying the government perks were not only violating the Constitution but also principles outlined in Islam.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, on whom the United States has set out a $10 million bounty, filed a petition before the Lahore High Court, challenging VVIP culture for officials enjoying the top most government posts in the country.
AK Dogar, the counsel for JuD chief, filed the petition that all public functionaries who were enjoying perk and privileges were not only guilty of direct contravention of the dictates of the Constitution of Pakistan but also committing a severe violation of Sunna of Holy Prophet (PBUH).
He explained that the Prophet (PBUH) preached humility, modesty and contentment with available resources. The lawyer also raised objections over Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, saying that he was living in a 68 acres palace.
He prayed to the court that provisions of the Constitution needed to be implemented to convert the public rulers into public servants.
The plaintiff also pointed out serving commissioners said that they all lived in houses of 100 kanal each, adding that these officers need to be accommodated in five-marla houses and their army servants must go.
He quoted the example of the British prime minister who lived in a small four-bedroom house built in two centuries ago. In his view, a ruler of the un-Islamic country in a truly Islamic way and follow the guidelines of the Prophet (PBUH).
He lamented, “The government officials of Islamic country enjoy air conditioned residential quarters with costly fruit jam while people in the country scavenged for food from garbage dumps”.
According to the plea, the household and presidential allowances amounted to Rs1 million per day, prime minister’s secretariat Rs1.2 million per day, the National Assembly Rs4 million per day, Senate Rs2 million per day and the cabinet secretariat Rs200 million per day.
The State Bank of Pakistan is printing Rs300 million per day of the calendar year which has driven up inflation in the country, adding that the public debt has doubled from Rs6 trillion to 12 trillion over the past four years.
He also prayed to the court that the elite educational institutions should give opportunities to the children of poor and under privileged people.