The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has announced that it will launch a long march from Karachi to Islamabad and a country-wide protest on Friday, to lobby against any resumption of Nato supplies.
The leaders of parties that make the DPC, in their joint press conference at the conclusion of their meeting at Mansoora in Lahore, announced that the council will also stage protests in Chaman, Torkham and other areas along the Nato supply routes.
They said Americans were killers of millions of Muslims and supply of even a single grain of wheat to them was against being a Muslim.
They said that they had also invited Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman to the meeting and asked them to support in its struggle as resumption of Nato supplies is tantamount to extending America’s stay in this area for another 10 years. They said it is sad that these leaders did not attend the DPC meeting’.
The DPC leaders said that criminal prime minister and a non-constitutional cabinet has no right to make decisions on national security and sovereignty. Making friends with Indians was like betraying the Kashmiri’s struggle for freedom and the military leadership should take a courageous stand.
They said that on the 25 May, protest rallies and demonstrations will be held at various cities. They said that religious scholars will speak against the conspiracies being hatched against Islam and Pakistan in their Friday sermons.
Meanwhile, a 10-member committee headed by Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Liaquat Baloch, has been set up to look in to the arrangements for the long march, which had a meeting and set up various committees to look in to the issues like finance, media, logistic, security, medical, and transport.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2012.