DPC leader fears Nato supplies will be resumed

Published: May 6, 2012

Rubbishes claims of being backed by intelligence agencies.

ISLAMABAD: 

A founding member of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and one of the top leaders of Difa-e-Pakistan Council, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil fears that the government will restore Nato supplies soon.

Khalil expects Nato supplies to be resumed by the government by the middle of this month and before the summit in Chicago. “We are aware that the government has already taken a decision to this effect. May 17 has been fixed as the final date for the resumption of Nato supplies through Pakistan.”

But the Difa-e-Pakistan Council says it will not stand back while the supplies are restored. Khalil is confident that he can whip up a frenzy over the case.

“We oppose the restoration of Nato supplies as it is obvious that the weapons will be used against Pakistan. DPC will use each and every method to force the government to reverse its decision.”

When asked about the kind of measures he had in mind, Khalil said “we will adopt legal and constitutional means. DPC will organise a long march from every corner of the country towards Islamabad.”

Even though the unanimously passed parliamentary committee’s recommendations state that the route will be used for ‘non-lethal’ goods only, Khalil remains pessimistic.

“What is the logic for piling up arms in the region when Washington has already announced its decision to pull out its troops from Afghanistan in 2014.”

He refuted reports claiming the Difa-e-Pakistan Council to be a product of intelligence agencies to voice anti-US sentiments.

Khalil, who is also the current leader of another group Ansar-ul Ummah, says: “It has become part of the political culture to brand every new organisation as the product of intelligence agencies. Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf was also dubbed as their brainchild by political rivals.”

He does not agree with the opinion that militants in Fata who are from other regions besides Pakistan should be asked to surrender their arms.

Criticising Balochistan-based Pashtun nationalist leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s comments that foreign nationals should be given permanent residence subject to their willingness to surrender weapons, Khalil said: “It will be an unfair deal, as each and every person in the tribal area is allowed to carry arms.”

He feels it is not the Afghan nationals and Pashtuns from other regions that are causing unrest in tribal areas, but the government’s pro-US policies. “They are being dubbed as terrorists by the US because they are the ones fighting foreign invaders in Afghanistan.”

Khalil says that after targeting the al Qaeda leadership, Washington is now gearing up against Muslim militants in Pakistan – head money on Hafiz Saeed being part of this initiative.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2012.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Yaida M
    May 6, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Dear DPC members,
    You went to every town in Pakistan with your jaloos and you made a million promises. Till now all we have heard is words. No action. You said you will do this and that if NATO supplies are resumed. Let us see what you can do now. Or like others, maybe you just make a lot of noise.

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  • Ali Wali
    May 6, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Mr Khalil, Pakistanis can not be fooled by black silky robe or intimidated by masked cowards. Just trust me the day invisible powerful forces will stop backing you, families of your victims will not let you out of your terrorist sanctuary aka madrassa.Recommend

  • Imran Con
    May 6, 2012 - 10:11AM

    “It will be an unfair deal, as each and every person in the tribal area is allowed to carry arms.”
    …and people wonder how they could be seen as part of the militant groups in the area.

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  • Shyam
    May 6, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Intelligence agencies cannot be behind DPC. Those behind DPC do not seem to be very intelligent

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 6, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Its irony why we need such DPC when we have such a strong army and its intelligence agencies. We are hiding behind such criminals which are causing more damage then benefit. These people are making such a beautiful and resourceful country a miserable failure.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    May 6, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil fears? He joking!!
    No, we are fearful of him, see his beard and masked man behind him on photo.

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  • Pollack
    May 6, 2012 - 12:37PM

    @Shyam: intelligence agencies are not always intelligent.

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  • pakistanibaloch
    May 6, 2012 - 1:49PM

    *defa-e-pakistan is the best *

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  • Imran Con
    May 6, 2012 - 2:45PM

    “It will be an unfair deal, as each and every person in the tribal area is allowed to carry arms.”
    …and people wonder how they could be seen as part of the militant groups in the area.Recommend

  • Kanwal
    May 6, 2012 - 9:01PM

    @Shyam
    Whoever is behind them, is actually as big a fool as you can imagine. If you think Agencies are intelligent, pls have a look at CIA. Agencies are not supposed to be intelligent. Thy are supposed to work as mercenaries and the more stupid a mercenary is, the better.

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  • Shyam
    May 6, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Guys I was being sarcastic!!!

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