Jamaatud Dawa (JD) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leaders have urged the masses to wage war against America and India if either country violates Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty like in the Abbottabad operation of May 2.
Addressing separate protest rallies on Sunday, JD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan said they were ready to fight the US and India for the protection of Pakistan. Both parties had organised the rallies JD on The Mall and JI on Multan Road – in protest at the US and to press the government and armed forces to implement a parliamentary resolution that threatens to cut the NATO supply line to Afghanistan if the US does not stop drone strikes in Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed, addressing the JD protesters, said if the resolution were not implemented, there would be unprecedented unrest and people would come out onto the streets from every nook and cranny. Addressing his flag-waving and sloganeering supporters, Saeed said they were ready to die for this cause.
He said the government must order the armed forces to target US drones as the forces were saying that they were waiting for orders in this regard.
He said the Shamsi airbase must be vacated. He said if India tried to attack Pakistan, it would face war in every city.
Hasan urged the JI protestors to take up arms against “US terrorism” if the army failed to do so. He said that the joint session of parliament where military leaders had briefed politicians about the events of May 2 was merely a “talk show”.
The parliament and military had disappointed the nation as the country was still not free from US slavery and the war on terror was still ongoing.
He said that for the last 64 years, the country had been ruled by people who protected America’s interests over Pakistan’s interests.
“The US attacked our independence and solidarity but the forces which were on duty to defend the national borders were justifying the US operation.
The rulers assured Washington of their complete obedience by greeting the US on their victory,” he said of the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2.
The JI chief said that the country’s problems were multiplying under the present government alliance of the PPP, ANP and MQM. “Now it is time the nation gave an opportunity to the Jamaat-i-Islami. We know how to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty and are also in a position to solve the people’s problems,” he said.
JI secretary general Dr Fareed Ahmed Paracha, PML-N MNA Naseer Ahmed Bhutta, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) leader Maulana Amjad Khan, Tehreek-i-Insaaf senior vice president Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Jamiat Ahl-i-Hadith Pakistan amir Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari and International Khatame Nabuwat Movement secretary Maulana Zahid Mahmood Qasmi were among the other speakers at the rally.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2011.