The Difa-e-Pakistan Council

Published: February 19, 2012

LAHORE: The newly-formed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) comprising mainly banned militant outfits and certain religious groups has been holding rallies in many major Pakistani cities. It has a ten-point agenda that it has publicised at its public meeting. It has been warning liberals and even the media, saying that if need be, force will be used to spread its Islamic ideology in the country.

It is interesting to note that women, who make up half the country’s population, are completely missing from these rallies. And the reason for that is that those who are part of the DPC would not consider women as equal members of society. Quite clearly, the views of those who make up the DPC are similar to those of the Taliban. The Pakistan envisioned by its founder the Quaid-i-Azam is certainly not what the DPC described at a rally recently held in Karachi, right across from the Quaid’s mausoleum. The irony is that Bangladesh, which used to be part of Pakistan till it seceded, is a secular republic while Pakistan is still suffering from extremism and militancy.

Who has entrusted the DPC with the responsibility of defending the country, when we already have one of the world’s largest standing armies? We have already paid a very heavy price till now for being considered by much of the world as a country that provides safe havens to terrorists and which patronises non-state actors in committing acts of terrorism.

The DPC has threatened that it will not allow parliament to give India the status of Most-Favoured-Nation? But who has given the Council this mandate, especially given the fact that parliament collectively represents the will of the people?

The DPC has also asked its followers to “break the legs of any whore” who goes to India and sings or acts in films. It is clear from the Council’s agenda that it will want to enforce its perception of Islamic ideology in Pakistan through the use of force. It is time that the government and the other state institution took notice of the DPC’s activities.

S T Hussain

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • javed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Good Day Sir

    I would like to bring this to your information that this article “Meeting with Imran Khan: No talks unless military kicked out, say Baloch leaders” . It is written that imran khan has met with Hairbyar marri but in the program of Ary News the program “Agar” the program is dated on 19 february 2012 has rejected that he has met with him .So could you plz clear this information that hairbyar marri has met with him.

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  • s shah
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:50AM

    good and perceptive letter.

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  • Aristo
    Feb 20, 2012 - 11:08AM

    It is evident that their (DPC’s) strings are pulled by some other force from behind, if you know what I mean. The brain-dead boots have come up with a new idea to deal with their presumed foes through this monstrous proxy.

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  • Truth Teller
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:25PM

    We do need atomic bombs & F-16s since DFC is enough to defend our country.

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  • Truth Teller
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:38PM

    DPC is a verifiable arm of a very important organization!

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  • Rana Amjad
    Feb 20, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Head on towards a collusion course with the civilized societies! Repurcussions would be destructive for Pakistan but who cares since we are emotional & sentimental people & instead of using our brains we think through our emotions. We are doing exactly what we did in 71 but at that time it was India whereas now is the sole world power USA. But who cares!

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  • adnan
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:21AM

    who is expecting women turnout at DPC rally???

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  • True Pakistani
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:37PM

    So, your issue is women not brought on this really, or Difa-e-Pakistan?

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  • True Pakistani
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:55PM

    But their agenda is good, they want to save Pakistan.

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  • alicia
    Feb 21, 2012 - 4:23PM

    The DPC has also asked its followers to “break the legs of any whore” who goes to India and sings or acts in films

    Oh really and what about men who go and sing and dance in Indian movies? How hypocritical and disgusting.

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  • Mar 31, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Dear the women are missing because women are not made to raise slogans. Second thing Jamat Islami Women wing holds rallies against liberal policies so the representation of women for Islamic law can be seen from there if you find any absence.
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