Outcry: Govt warned not to restore NATO supply

Published: March 23, 2012

Jamatud Dawa activists stage a motorcycle rally at Qissa Khwani Bazaar on Friday, demanding the government avoid restoring Nato supply. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS TRIBUNE

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.

Reader Comments (22)

  • MUSLIM PAKISTANI
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:48PM

    yeah thats not happening as long as we have liberal extremists in our midst intent on selling out on the lives of poor pakistanis in waziristan under the pretext of fighting terrorists just to please the American government, the supposed ‘savior’ of Pakistan.

    Recommend

  • MUSLIM PAKISTANI
    Mar 23, 2012 - 10:52PM

    So will the liberal extremists finally start thinking about the poor Pakistanis that are being killed in waziristan drone strikes and the poor Afghans that will be eventually killed when the NATO supply route is restored and more ammo makes its way there? Or will the liberal extremists once again choose to ignore the warning in response to their baseless hatred of ‘backward mullahs’ and make a sacrifiial lamb of the poor Pakistanis and Afghans? Easy to support NATO and drones when youre sitting in the safe confines of your home miles and miles away. About time Pakistani liberals learn to be real liberals instead of just anti-religious fanatics bent on killing anyone who remotely comes across as a mullah supporter.

    Recommend

  • Sandip
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:06PM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTANI:
    Pray, how about some concern for the people killed by the non-liberal extremists? Or do you think that the non-liberal extremists are doing their vitims some favour by blowing them up and sending them to heaven? Also looks like english dictionaries will soon start printing 2 editions. One for folks like you and another for everyone else. Since some of the words that you use, don’t make sense as per the meanings that they actually have.

    Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2012 - 11:15PM

    People of Pakistan are against the restoration of NATO supplies

    Recommend

  • MUSLIM PAKISTANI
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:17PM

    @Sandip: Or maybe Sandip you should brush up on your comprehensive skills, as for my concern for those people killed by non liberal extremists? Well frankly I never knew our politicians and their hoodlums held anti liberal views, hmm what was it 600 dead in three months last year? PPP-MQM-ANP violence? Now, lets have a body count of how many civilians were killed by drone strikes? I’ll let you have the privilege to post the number. Fact is, less people die from sectarian violence and religion than from these liberal extremists, who are the new intolerant force of Pakistan. Wish Pakistanis knew how liberals worked in other countries theyre so obsessed with, liberals in other countries do NOT support war or killings of its own citizens. But like always Pakistanis will always be half baked in everything they try to be.

    Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:27PM

    Yep — you cut off the NATO supplies and everything is now just peachy in Pakistan – no more violence – no more anti govt militants – economy is on the upswing – your international reputation on the rise – and the outlook is bright and sunny. Or maybe not. BYW – depending on how you interpret “dire consequences” I am unsure if there is any substantive difference between these protestors and the Taliban.

    Recommend

  • MarkH
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTANI:
    Will the religious extremists finally stop killing Muslims and non-Muslims in the name of Islam? That would fix your problems quite quickly.

    Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTANI:
    Please know the definition of LIBERAL first before commenting.
    If you are so much pained with drones along with those long bearded political mullahs .. then ask those people who came from all over the world and are residing in our country and misusing our hospitality for their own twisted myopic ideas to vacate or stop their activities. Drones came here because these people invited it with their acts .. They should respect our country as well as neighboring countries and must stop crossing the border as if its their own property.
    Who gave a right to some mullahs of Swat to cross over thousands of miles to another country and leave behind bodies of our own misled children?
    Where were you guys and why were you not stopping these criminals to play havoc with our young generation?.
    And since when are foreign policies dictated by roads? Any elected government has a backing from majority of populace thus whatever they do is voice of the majority .. If these people think that the whole Pakistani nation agree with their ideas then they should get elected and then impose their foreign policy at will, till then they have no right whatsoever to dictate us in any matter.

    Recommend

  • MUSLIM PAKISTANI
    Mar 24, 2012 - 12:24AM

    @MarkH:

    Are you a Pakistani? You sure you know our problems? Pakistan has been plagued with troubles and violence long before TTP even came into existence, so if you really think our problems will go away with the end of TTP then you really need to work hard on getting your head of the sand because its so far down, im afraid you’re going to be needing a lot more than just shovels.

    Our Problems have a lot to do with these secularist/liberal fascists bent on forcing their beloved democracy on a nation that has been divided in so many little parts based on political and ethnic divisions…NOT RELIGION. Sorry to burst your bubble, looks like liberals never had a case to begin with.

    @Khan

    Yes, sir I am really pained at inability to refute any of my points, because evidently my facts are well grounded while you’re just harping over rumors and misleading facts about “drones” “foreigners” “mullahs” (again as usual with the paki liberal crowd) etc, maybe you need to figure out WHY the TTP came into existence was it religious indocrination or the illegitimate bombing of their tribal areas? Why are there still Pakistani tribes supporting them? Im sorry Khan but you cant bomb away all your problems as in the case of the lal masjid massacre and the balochistan carpet bombing of an entire province courtesy of musharraf. Need to get ur priorities and home in order first, because the mullahs are not the problem of Pakistan. If youre smart you’ll know who is.

    Recommend

  • Sandip
    Mar 24, 2012 - 12:25AM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTANI: Well if you have the civilians in the liberal corner, who do you put into the other corner? The deep state? Well, Well, Well. In that case are you sure that you want the body count figures? Since I will post not only the numbers killed in drone strikes but also other numbers. Such as the number of people killed by sectarian terrorist outfits who enjoy direct patronage of the deep state. I will put the numbers of people killed in Balochistan, again by the illustrious members of the deep state. Would that be enough or should I also include the numbers from Bangladesh? let me know. It would be not more than a 30 mins job to get decent numbers for all of these.

    Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 24, 2012 - 2:21AM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTAN

    Bases for drone attacks were given to US by the mullah military alliance, the real patrons of these jihadi groups. Isnt it funny?

    Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 24, 2012 - 4:37AM

    And here we go again with these mad people who play with the sentiments of poor people by exploiting Islam, those who have no contribution to the world are bashing America, they forget that starting from the loudspeaker to the motor cycles and cars they roam on are all inventions of those Kafirs and we are only ready made users. Islam promotes harmony and not killing

    Recommend

  • Chao
    Mar 24, 2012 - 6:06AM

    @MUSLIM PAKISTANI:
    You earlier name was ‘Kaalchakra’? Isn’t it?. Since got a solid bashing there, you reverted back to Pakistani Muslim. Right?

    Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2012 - 7:53AM

    @MarkH:
    Zawahiri, US naturalized citizen, lived peacefully in Switzerland, never extradited by UK to face justice and kill innocent people, yet he is called Muslim. This ruse is not working anymore.

    Recommend

  • Dr Khan
    Mar 24, 2012 - 7:59AM

    @Sandip:

    Please Sandip provide us the figures for pakistanis dead in political based violence, ethnic violence, llanguage violence, and then the number of dead from musharraf’s brutal violence, the number of dead from drone attacks n then u may give us ur count of dead civilians killed by ‘religious extremists’.

    Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 24, 2012 - 9:41AM

    So the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs has ultimately been handed over to those who hardly have any representation in our legislative assemblies. It is better to bring our own house in order before jumping to any conclusions. NATO or no NATO or relationships with certain countries must be visible without any confusion.

    Recommend

  • Sonya
    Mar 24, 2012 - 10:43AM

    If you want anythinng done, let DPC raise their voice against it. DPC is just the other team of the game show.Recommend

  • Noran danish
    Mar 24, 2012 - 1:36PM

    Is it not Raw backed show? To benefit pasha?Recommend

  • Chanakya
    Mar 24, 2012 - 3:13PM

    If the President and the PM are to be believed, then the parliament is supreme and whatever decision it takes should be honoured by all and sundry!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    Mar 24, 2012 - 7:25PM

    All those who are always involve in bashing LIBERALS, first they need to know the defination of liberalism..!!
    Liberalism [from the Latin word liber: free] is a universal political philosophy. where individuals are free to pursue their own goals in their own ways provided they do not infringe on the equal liberty of others. This includes all types of freedom (always with responsibility) including freedom of thought, of speech and of religion.
    And ofcourse these religious fanatics always believe in coercion instead of freedom..!!

    Recommend

  • Tony C.
    Mar 24, 2012 - 10:28PM

    @MarkH:
    Dear Mark,
    You made a broad statement without making clear which Muslim is killing which Muslim and non-Muslim. I do know that in the last ten years or so, the American/Israel/NATO ( A.I.N. ) thugs, after initiating their pious missions to save the world from problems which are not exactly clear, have killed about two million people, severely injured many more, virtually destroyed several countries, and these, among others, would include Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya. They now have their sights set on Africa, Syria and Iran as well as routinely bombing Pakistan. Don’t you think that if the A.I.N. thugs stopped their massacres a lot of problems would be fixed?

    Recommend

  • Dr Khan
    Mar 24, 2012 - 11:24PM

    @Chao:

    nice try no my nick was Dr Khan

    Recommend

More in Pakistan