Despite ban, JuD, ASWJ chiefs reach Rawalpindi for rally

Published: February 19, 2012

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Ahmed Ludhianvi to join Sarbarahi Ijlas today. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Despite being banned in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) by the administration, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianwi reached Rawalpindi on Sunday to participate in the Sarbarahi Ijlas.

The media coordinator of the Sarbarahi Ijlas, Ubaidullah Usmani, confirmed to The Express Tribune that the rally had started in the adjacent city of Islamabad.

Other party leaders including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, JUI-Functional chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, late General Ziaul Haq’s son Ejazul Haq and Jamaat e Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch also reached Rawalpindi to participate in the rally.

Haq, addressing a news briefing, rebuked the Pakistan Army and said that the Army had claimed that it will bring down the American drones, but still have not done anything yet, thus compelling the DPC to stand up for the cause.

The party leader also took up Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case during his address and said that their “innocent sister” is being “shamefully treated”.

He was accompanied with Ludhianwi, who said that the ban on three leaders in Islamabad will be challenged in the court.

The leaders, in a meeting today, will also review the arrangements and the strategy for the sit-in on Monday in Islamabad.

They will also look into the matter of the ban on three Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) leaders in Islamabad for seven days, confirmed the ASWJ spokesman, and added that the meeting will be chaired by DPC chairman Samiul Haq.

The spokesperson said that the DPC will formally announce at 2pm today the change in venue of the sit-in. It was earlier supposed to be in front of the parliament, but now it will be held at the Aabpara Chowk in Islamabad, he said.

A senior police officer in Rawalpindi, while talking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, said that the Islamabad administration had imposed ban on three leaders of DPC for seven days but despite the ban, the Rawalpindi police as well as the city’s administration have been unable to take any legal action against those breaching the bans.

He added that the Rawalpindi police and the administration are under control of the Punjab government, while the Islamabad Police and Islamabad administration are under the control of federal government.

Sheikh Rasheed leaves DPC

Ejazul Haq told The Express Tribune that Sheikh Rasheed has left the Difa-e-Pakistan Council after receiving a call from American politician Condoleeza Rice.

He added that the DPC leaders will visit Rasheed to get him back into the council.

He also announced of an All Parties’ Conference to be held on February 27.

Hamid Gul apologises to Express media group over allegations

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hamid Gul issued an apology to the Express media group over his allegations of calling Malik Ishaq’s pictures on The Express Tribune‘s website “doctored”.

In a TV interview, Gul had said that Ishaq, one of the founders of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was not present at the DPC rally in Multan and questioned the reporter who had filed the pictures of the rally.

Gul said that he was mistaken as he was not aware of all the people who attended the rally.

Reader Comments (41)

  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:22PM

    we also support “jud”

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:25PM

    No wonder it is the terrorist writ that runs throughout Pakistan in reality. If these fake mullahs can defy the central government, then what is stopping them from pursuing other anti-national activities? They can sugar-coat any illegal activity under the banner of Jihad.

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Ban? What ban man?

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  • Nomi
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:35PM

    They do have a democratic right to go wherever they want; however, these individuals never talk of the real issues plaguing Pakistan. Amreeka Amreeka Amreeka is their starting and ending point.

    The day these people start asking for the accountability of the powerful lot and condemn violence in all its forms, Pakistan would display exemplary stability.

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  • Umer
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:36PM

    It’s the democratic right of every terrorist to congregate anywhere in Pakistan. Disagree at your own peril.

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  • angel
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Pity on the helplessness of the govt and its security agencies.

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  • cheeems
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:47PM

    hatin’ on

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:48PM

    we support jud

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  • FJ
    Feb 19, 2012 - 3:14PM

    we are waiting to see more destruction by these extremist mullas….Recommend

  • Feb 19, 2012 - 3:47PM

    DPC seems to be nothing but another dirty trick by the intelligence agencies to preserve their strategic assets.

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  • FactCheck
    Feb 19, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:

    NOTHING!

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  • Parvez
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:13PM

    The rit of the State is non-existant because the doings of the State has no credibility in the eyes of the people of the State.

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Pakistan Zindabad, We all should be ready of Difa

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Does Pakistan have anything that could be called a GOVERMENT.

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  • ahmed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Pakistan is the real and “true” democratic country in the world. Here even “terrorists” have the basic human rights.

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  • athar
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Writ of Government!don’t live in the world of fools.what kind of society we are?to whom we want to deceive?we tell the world that they are banned outfits on the other hand we let them organize and proceed!

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:36PM

    May ALLAH help Pakistan. Those who were against the creation of Pakistan and called it Kafiristan and its founder as Kafir-e- Azam are holding Difah-e- Pakistan rallies. History is being insulted and negated by these characters. May Allah help the helpless.

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  • Roflcopter
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Silly ban all because of US pressure

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  • Urooba Azhar
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @ahmed true that!

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  • Sunny
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Difa e Pakistan Rallies = Tabah e Pakistan Rallies

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  • Waqt-ka-Taqaaza
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:17PM

    An anti-American nation with nukes? I get the feeling that times are going to get a lot tougher. What do these guys hope to achieve anyway?

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  • QASIM
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:25PM

    great hypocrecy,the parties who opposed the creation of pakistan now are its protectors.???Recommend

  • Anon.
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:28PM

    @Sehr Siddiqui
    Majority of hte influential mullahs did not call Jinnah Kufar e Azam so stop generalizing things. Maulana Shukat Ali Johar, Shabir Ahmed Usmani of Deoband and Maulana Mohd Ali Johar all threw their weight behind Jinnah in the early stages of partition and worked hard in the movement.

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:48PM

    @zaid hamid:
    When the President and Gilani, etc., refuse to obey SC orders, why lesser folks would obey any orders? Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Oh. I have not seen a single comment in these tribune pages which protests against the US congress interfering in balochistan. But i see a ton of comments against DPC and it’s various leaders. No wonder your lot is looked at with disgust among-st the common pakistanis. So called enlightened and moderate people.

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Since 1984, Ahmadis are banned from holding any and all kinds of conferences, even when all they talk about is peace and love. Terrorists and extremists on the other hand are free to carry out any and all sorts of conferences filled with hate speech and rhetoric that has nothing to do with the progress of Pakistan.

    This is a strange land!

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  • Umer
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:11PM

    @Anon.:

    Majority of hte influential mullahs
    did not call Jinnah Kufar e Azam so
    stop generalizing things. Maulana
    Shukat Ali Johar, Shabir Ahmed Usmani
    of Deoband and Maulana Mohd Ali Johar
    all threw their weight behind Jinnah
    in the early stages of partition and
    worked hard in the movement.

    Most of the Deobandis; and Ahraris and Jamaat Islami were staunchly against Pakistan. Just to quote one or two exceptions can not overshadow the overwhelming opposition of Pakistan by the maulanas. Mufti Mehmood (deobandi) was on record to say “Thank God we were not part of creation of this sin (Pakistan)”

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Scary, where is Pakistan heading for ??

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:18PM

    @Anon.:
    Please read my comments again. I am not referring to majority of Mullas. I hate to name people who opposed Pakistan, Just read the history and you would know that people at stage are surely the ones who opposed Pakistan. two parties missing at this stage are ANP and JUI(F).

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  • major-ji
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:27PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:
    How true your comments are. But have you ever realised how this outfit merges again and again using the sacred name of Islam and Pakistan. To me it appears there are some elements some where in power stake holders of Paksitan who support this outfit. See now using slogan of Difae Pakistan while in fact they are ensuring drowning of Safina Pakistan. Attitude of Mullahs is understandable but when one sees ex Gen Hamid Gul also getting merger with this outfit, person like me start doubting the selection system of military. Can this ex General show a mercy to his past organisation and can say this nausty outfit by by.Recommend

  • r p
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:32PM

    pakistan heading for split Balochistan a new country in the making…dafne pakistan

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  • Naeem Malik
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @ahmed lol
    “Here even “terrorists” have the basic human rights” but sure not their victims or who oppose or expose them.:-)

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 9:10PM

    @ahmed: yeah only terrorists have the human rights.

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  • laila
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Salman: “Oh. I have not seen a single comment in these tribune pages which protests against the US congress interfering in balochistan. “

    Not true. Over the last couple of days number of articles about US resolution on BAlochistan have been published claerly expressing Sherry Rehman, PM, embassy etcc’s opposition to the resolution. People have spoken out loud and clear on that. SO your statement is simply not valid.

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Our country is under the ” Siege ” of these wild goose. No institution under the control of the government can dare touch them, even our so called courts who are only brave and active more than anyone else to remove the democratic set-up. Participation of banned outfits is a very big question mark on the internal and external policies. Where are we heading damn.

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  • An_Indian
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Pakistan is so typical. The state is actually not weak at all as we have seen in the post Salala episode. It is a state that conveniently swings from being outrageously stubborn to shamefully meek. The surprise is not as much in the nature of the swing ( as almost all states do this ) as is in the extent of this swing. DPC is as much about national politics as it is about international politics. In the national scene it will keep the Pakistan-is-in-danger fever raging while it is also at the same time a reply to the US policy of weakening the Pakistani army-based establishment. DPC will keep the undemocratic into the democracy to keep the democratic polity non-functional. So the void will remain to that extent keeping Pakistan the typical jelly-state that it is.

    Pakistan is like a beautiful woman who has fallen into the hands of a greedy bandit. The bandit will like to keep her but if she would appear to slip away, the bandit will actually destroy her than to let her go.

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  • the patriot
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:55PM

    strange…these fanatics have free hand to do anything they want.they are talking about freedom from American supremacy.in reality these have made the society slaves in their hands.can anyone imagine of talking freely against them???? i am sure his bullet riddled body would be found the next day….. where are we heading towards?Recommend

  • Ayub Buzdar
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:07AM

    It’s not unusual. Punajb govt and Military who have control on Rawalpindi both support DPC. It’s natural.

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  • Paki-Australian
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:11AM

    These religious exteemists use the religion to advance their motives. Once again not looking good for the moderate people of PK! Shame!

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  • Truthbetold
    Feb 20, 2012 - 5:08AM

    @Umer:

    “It’s the democratic right of every terrorist to congregate anywhere in Pakistan. Disagree at your own peril.”

    Why drag in democratic talk into this? First, Pakistan is not really a democracy in the sense that it is the army and the religious fundamentalists who control the country’s domestic and foreign policies. Second, the Islamists and terrorists are not asking anyone for their “rights” for their terror activities.

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