Small JuD rally starts with Nato protest, ends with India

Published: November 29, 2011

Members of the Jamaatud Dawa set the Indian flag on fire on Monday, November 28. They said India should not be given MFN status. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: A rally organised by the Jamaatud Dawa on Monday to mourn the killing of Pakistani soldiers by Nato aircraft on the border with Afghanistan turned into a protest against the government’s decision to grant India MFN status.

Around 60 men gathered at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and chanted slogans against those in government seeking to improve trade ties with New Delhi.

“It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who said we would fight with India even if it were for a thousand years,” said Naveed Qamar, a Jamaatud Dawa leader, as a large Indian flag was placed on the road for people to walk over it. “Unfortunately, his party is doing the complete opposite.”

The Jamaatud Dawa will join hands with other religious and political parties to build pressure on the government to reverse the decision to India the status of most-favored nation, he said.

On the Nato attack, in which 24 soldiers were killed, he said that Pakistan should hit back at the helicopters of the international security force in future if it transgresses the border. Leaders of other religious parties also took the opportunity to lash out at India, which is not part of the forces fighting the Taliban. Nasrullah Shajji of the Jamaat-e-Islami said that government was playing smart with people by dividing them on issues of national importance.

“We had all united the so-called United States war against terrorism in which our brothers and sisters are being killed and all of a sudden the MFN status was granted to India,” he said, linking the two.

Other leaders called for an end to what they said were defence deals with US and Nato member countries. They also asked the government to immediately take back the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan from foreign troops from where drones are operated.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal leader Aslam Ghauri said that Islamic leaders had been against the US war in Afghanistan for the past decade. “Now the army is under attack as well. We were called terrorists for speaking against the US. Who are we now?”

Many people had joined the protest for the sake of entertainment. Haseeb came from Ayub Goth. “These people said it would be fun so I joined in,” he told The Express Tribune. “Oh yes, they are protesting against India which attacked our soldiers.” After the rally a funeral prayers were offered for the soldiers.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2011.

Reader Comments (15)

  • Saigeetha
    Nov 29, 2011 - 2:34PM

    Hahahaha !! What a protest!!. The protesters themselves didn’t know for what they are protesting for.

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  • sajid
    Nov 29, 2011 - 4:00PM

    SO most people joined for fun?

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  • Lahoot e Lamakaan
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:25PM

    ET and its liberal bias

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  • rehmat
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:49PM

    ““Oh yes, they are protesting against India which attacked our soldiers.”

    What??

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  • Jayan
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Why dont somebody teach them something regarding India, MFN, Nato, US etc

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Never forget to hate India

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  • You Said It
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:57PM

    “We had all united the so-called United States war against terrorism in which our brothers and sisters are being killed and all of a sudden the MFN status was granted to India,”

    A madrassa education at work: leaps of faith and logic.

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  • Nov 30, 2011 - 4:35AM

    @You Said It:

    A madrassa education at work: leaps of faith and logic.

    Sadly there are some who even get an education from our fine local institutions, or even foreign ones, and would still repeat the same leaps of faith and logic as the Madrassa educated student.

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  • Soho
    Nov 30, 2011 - 5:29AM

    All this anti-american mumbo jumbo! And most of these protesters would give an arm or a leg to get american visa. Fools!!! Ignorant and naive!

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:02PM

    @Soho:The leader probably already has a green card

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  • Nov 30, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Madrasah education doesn’t guarantee development of common sense.

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  • islooboy
    Nov 30, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @Soho:
    i wont i am happy in pakistan

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  • ahmed madh
    Nov 30, 2011 - 3:26PM

    There is absolutely no anger in the mind of common Pakistani,regarding the recent Nato air raid,that is quiet alarming for the Pakistani establishment,it seems people couldn’t care less.Despite the intense Anti American campaign in the media people seem unmoved ,they are starting to take these things in their stride .This is quiet troubling for the Pakistani establishment ,even these stage managed protests aren’t attracting large crowds

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  • Tilopa
    Dec 1, 2011 - 4:20PM

    These portions of pakistanis need to be given some knowledge about logic and geopolitics before they become dominant in this nation

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  • Iqbal
    Dec 4, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Every Jamat people may it be Jamat dawa, jamat-e islami or any so and so jamat they always start saying some thing against India why not they say anything against China they also have taken some part of Kashmir. Why these people (Mullas) are not saying anythings against the Kashmiries as they too have not fought against Chinese. It is only because that the chinese are more powerful than us. But ask the people or the families of Pakistani people or families whose relative and families are still in India and they want to see them more frequently and visit them. But only the few of these kind of Mullas object to these Why can anyone answer. Visa is the most problem now a days going is somewhat made easy but it is a request to both the government that as they have relaxed the visa for the business community it should be relaxed for the families of both the countries.If any of the two country thinks that a terrorist will take visa to visit India or Pakistan to commit any terrorist act than it is their childish thought. rest for the both government to rethink about the visa policy and help the people of both the country to see their relative with ease.

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