PESHAWAR/MIRANSHAH: In view of proposed restoration of Nato supply routes, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) staged a rally in the provincial capital on Friday, while a grand Jirga in North Waziristan Agency also warned against the route’s reopening.
Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Samiulhaq (JUI-S) and Jamatud Dawa (JuD) gathered at the Ashraf Road after Friday prayer and chanted anti-US slogans. The demonstrators later marched to Qissa Khwani Bazaar.
Muhammad Ismail Darvesh of ASWJ, Saminullah of JuD and Syed Yousuf Shah of the JUI-S along with their respective party activists attended the rally.
Speakers on the occasion said the westerners were continuously hurting Muslims’ sentiments through acts like desecration of the Holy Quran.
They warned the government of dire consequences if the Nato supply route was restored, threatening they would not allow even a single Nato container to cross the border.
JUI-F stages motorcycle rally
Meanwhile, in a bid to raise awareness among residents of the provincial capital about the “Islam Zindabad Conference” scheduled to be held tomorrow, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) activists arranged a motorbike rally wherein hundreds of party activists roamed around the city on different routes.
The motorcyclists gathered at Parda Bagh, chanting slogans against the US and the Pakistani government. Former federal minister and Member National Assembly Maulana Ataur Rehman, JUI-F’s provincial information secretary Abdul Jalil Jan, JUI-F’s Peshawar general secretary Khalid Waqar Chamkani and other party members were also present on the occasion.
The rally started from the Bacha Khan Chowk and ended on Ring Road where the “Islam Zindabad Conference” is due to take place.
Talking to The Express Tribune, MNA Maulana Ataur Rehman said people were fed up with [foreign] policies of the government, adding that the JUI-F has arranged this conference to condemn the poor law and order situation, foreign policy, American presence in the region and inflation.
“We want to send out a clear message to the government that we will only accept an Islamic system,” Ataur Rehman said.
Jirga held in Miranshah
A grand Jirga held in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, threatened to besiege parliamentarians’ houses if they agree with the decision to restore Nato supply routes.
Malik Jalal, Malik Fareedullah Kabulkhel and Malik Ghulam Khan told reporters at the Miranshah Press Club after the Jirga that the restoration of Nato supply would be a disgrace to those who had been killed in the war on terror so far.
“We will not let the parliamentarians sell blood of those who died, just for a few dollars,” stated Malik Jalal.
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