Difa-e-Pakistan: Religious right delivers verbal punches at rally

Published: February 13, 2012

KARACHI: The city may be run by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the ground opposite Mazaar-e-Quaid may have hosted three other rallies in quick succession in recent days — but on Sunday the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) erased any signs of the rulers’ presence over the ground or of the rallies that preceded theirs.

Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) – the reincarnation of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) – dominated the landscape with flags, workers and convoys.

The themes raised during the rally were familiar and predictable — against reopening Nato supply routes, reiterating that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, freeing the country from US ‘tyranny’ and advocating against India and US policies.

JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch vowed that the DPC parties would besiege parliament on February 20 to protest any decisions regarding reopening Nato supply routes. DPC also announced its plan of arranging a rally in Quetta on February 27.

Despite a considerable presence of volunteers at the venue, they were unable to hold back ASWJ supporters who broke the cordon and rushed forward to the stage when Karachi leader Orangzaib Farooqui began to speak.

The stage filled up relatively early with leaders of the parties that make up the council – a coalition of over 40 religious-political parties – including JuD chief Hafiz  Saeed, JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan, former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Hameed Gul, Ejazul Haq, ASWJ head Ahmed Ludhianvi and head of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) Samiul Haq. Cleric Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi was on stage, as well as regional and second-tier leaders of the party. Other speakers at the rally included leaders of Jamaat Ahle Hadith and the Jamhoori Watan Party.

JuD leader Ameer Hamza delivered one of the more inflammatory speeches of the afternoon, as he vowed that one day the rally attendees would make “mincemeat” of India and asked them to “break the legs of any ‘whore’ who went to India to sing and act in films”.

Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi also spoke out against restoring the Nato supply route, calling for an end to ‘thuggery’ in the name of Afghan transit trade.

Other leaders who turned up included Jamia Binoria representatives, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) central vice-president Ejaz Chaudhry.

The attendees cheered and chanted as the afternoon wore on.  Mohammad Arif, an ASWJ worker from Korangi told The Express Tribune: “I’ve come with 50 other people.

“I have never seen a rally as big as this. I’m here because I’m in the SSP and because they speak of religion here.”

Another JuD attendee said he had travelled by train from Lahore along with a thousand supporters.

Meanwhile, JUI-Nazriati leader Abdus Sattar called for Pakistan to adopt a system similar to the one introduced by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

PTI’s Ejaz Chaudhry claimed that the spirit of change had spread through the country and how Pakistan needs to be “cleansed of America”.

Several speakers paid tribute to Taliban leader Mullah Omar while ASWJ head Ahmed Ludhianvi claimed Pakistan did not need aid from the US and would ask ‘God’ for help.

The chair of the council, Samiul Haq, delivered the final speech at sunset as the crowd began to thin out. Haq said he endorsed all the speeches made and reiterated why the DPC’s creation was so important and took an oath from the attendees to work for its mission.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2012.

Reader Comments (24)

  • taher
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:21AM

    These are the same Mullahs who apposed the very idea of the creation of a new Muslim nation state (Pakistan) and some parties are banned militant outfits who have been involved in the blood shed of innocent Pakistani people…Now they are out to defend Pakistan… very ironic and very sad…:(

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  • mr akhter
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:23AM

    This is a worrying and dangerous situation for all moderate free thinking pakistani people who just want peace and a prosperous pakistan for there children. praising likes of mullah omar and making threats to india is not in our interest. In the words of our holy prophet (saw) “always ensure the wellbeing and hsppiness of your neighbour” and in this instance india is our neighbour.

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  • Thoughtful
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Defy-a-Pakistan

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  • Mythical reality
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:57AM

    Finally, and thankfully, Quaid’s Pakistan has become a reality now.

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  • Dr Khan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:36AM

    you okay, liberals? mad? Difa e Pakistan, 60 years too late, but better late than never. The Islamic republic NEEDS you! God bless you!

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  • Baqar
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:42AM

    Root of all Pakistani problems at one stage…. it was a spectacle staged by all the political losers..

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  • Syed_Raza_Ali
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:43AM

    Disgusting.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:58AM

    ” Mincemeat of India” ?.. What an idiotic statement. Does he think India is a goat and will stand with hanging head ? One can only feel sorry for Pakistan..

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  • litmus
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:04AM

    its really disturbing to note such a senior official of the PTI taking part in such rallies. i dont understand what IK hopes to achieve in sending his party reps to rallies where such hate is encouraged. really sad…

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  • Cobra Commander
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:12AM

    I caught a glimpse ,on TV, of this rally and I noticed there was hardly any Pakistani flag in the gathering instead attendees were carrying their respective party flags. So much for difa-e- Pakistan.

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  • shafi Ahmed(Deccan)
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:12AM

    im happy only by the statement of breaking legs of “whores” who come to india for stripping n singing…i dont support Difa-E-pakistan but pakistani artists make me angry by their “unislamic” acts.. Shafi Ahmed,Hyderabad (Deccan)

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  • usman ahmed
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:36AM

    @taher

    This is the same mundane oft-repeated argument that Mullah’s opposed the idea of Pakistan….well Bacha Khan also opposed Pakistan,why is not his ANP ridiculed….Even Jeeay Sindh movement leader opposed Pakistan….Coming to the Mullah argument,who was Shabbir Ahmed Uthmani and Zafar Ali Khan who raised the 1st Pakistan flags in West and East Pakistan respectively?Who was Shabbir Ahmed Uthmani,the man who led Quaid’s funeral?Who was Mahmud, the governor of NWFP under Z.A.Bhutto’s tenure?

    Who was Yusuf Ludhianvi and Nizamuddin Shamzai who gave verdicts in support of Jihad in Kashmir?These are the Ulama who have defended Pakistan whenever the need arises…..Coming to the banned group argument,Jamat-ud-Dawa has won the case in the Supreme Court over its alleged ban during the Musharraf tenure….SSP is still awaiting their result…..So,there you go….

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  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:01AM

    This picture, seems like a perfect target for the drone. Americans have been bombing the wrong place…

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  • Altaf Hussain, Mumbai
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:20AM

    @Dr Khan:
    India has more muslims (220 million) than Pakistan(170 million) has. It does not rocket science to figure out muslims in the sub-continent are happier with job opportunities & secularism rather than biogtry & backwardness (to which you subscribe). Guys like you bring bad name to muslims in India and rest of the world.

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  • Iqbal
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:33AM

    This is scary.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:39AM

    These people want to send Pakistan back to stone age. Come on moderate country fellows andvrise against absurdity of this magnitude. We are all for Difa-e-Pakistan but these mullahs must go.

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  • kaalchakra
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Shafi Ahmed, well said. Most Indian Muslims appear to share that sentiment.

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  • Truthbetold
    Feb 13, 2012 - 11:41AM

    “JuD leader Ameer Hamza delivered one of the more inflammatory speeches of the afternoon, as he vowed that one day the rally attendees would make “mincemeat” of India”

    Very well. When did you guys, your sons, grandsons, uncles and brothers go and fight in Kashmir and die? Why are you enjoying the comforts of your air conditioned palaces when you ask the poor illiterate young men to die in Kashmir and Afghanistan? Why have you guys tucked away your own sons and grandsons comfortably in western countries? Shouldn’t you guys be already in Kashmir fighting instead of delivering empty speeches and then retire to you comfortable homes? Oh, I get it. Jihad is only for the poor and the illiterate!

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  • Dajjal
    Feb 13, 2012 - 11:53AM

    This was an ideal opportunity for a drone strike… get rid of all the filth in one go….

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  • VS
    Feb 13, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Friends of Pak in India are dismayed when they see such things. Pak haters in India are delighted because they know that these are the sorts of people who will take Pak down. Also for the record bigotry and hate is disturbing everywhere may it be these idiots or the RSS/Shiv Sena duffers

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  • Udaya Bose
    Feb 13, 2012 - 1:10PM

    In a country with a profusion of no-hopers, frustration needs a release. Ranting costs no money or lives but it helps to keep the “leaders” in the public eye. But does it lead to any outcome of substance?

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  • Indian
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Well Done my Paki friends …. It would be surprising if you not said any anti India slogan …… Enjoy your radicalism while we are busy conquering the world economically.
    Best Wishes
    Indian

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  • SaudiRules
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:21PM

    JuD leader Ameer Hamza delivered one of the more inflammatory speeches of the afternoon, as he vowed that one day the rally attendees would make “mincemeat” of India and asked them to “break the legs of any ‘whore’ who went to India to sing and act in films”.

    By ‘whore’ he means Veena Malik, I guess.
    Veena is more of a mard than people like these , who just keep shouting and threating everybody and increasing insecurity of the people.

    I think Dafa-e-Pakistan are nervous because our government has sent a 26/11 mumbai fact finding mission to india. I have gut feeling the indians have some solid evidence of involvement of Hafeez & Co and that we my face internation pressure to punish the culprits. We will see.Recommend

  • sadhana
    Feb 13, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Hopefully someone will remind the guy threatening to break legs that he has legs too.

    Or maybe he means he can dance better(break a leg).

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