"The rulers who were elected to power as a result of 2008 polls caused an irreparable damage to the country," he said in his address to the participants of a monthly training session here at Mansoora.

Criticising the government for 'permitting drone strikes' into the country, Munawar Hassan said the 'sham protest' by the government on the issue exposed its hypocrisy.

He said JI would vigorously participate in the next general elections.

"The political and religious parties had been in constant contact with one another and be ready for a surprise in the elections," the JI Amir said.