RAWALPINDI: The current clash of institutions is the result of a sin that we committed 10 years ago by allowing our territory to be used against Afghan Muslims, Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said.
“Until we repent for that grave mistake, we will never be able to overcome these issues,” he told a rally in Rawalpindi on Sunday, organised under the aegis of the Difa-i-Pakistan Council, which is an alliance of 40 religious and political parties.
The rally, which managed to pull as many as 20,000 people to the well-known Liaqat Bagh, was also attended by Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq, former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Hamid Gul, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Munawar Hasan and Ahmed Ludhianvi, Pakistan Muslim League-Zia’s Ijazul Haq and former army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Baig.
Saeed, whose organisation is banned by the United Nations but continues to operate as a charity in Pakistan, said that closing Nato supply routes is not enough and Pakistan must re-evaluate its entire defence policy.
He said he had told Prime Minister Gilani that he will ask him a question in the Rawalpindi rally. The question, he said, is when will he announce the date that Pakistan will severe all its ties with the United States. “This is America’s war and we only want to fight Pakistan’s war.”
Saeed, whose JuD is believed to be linked to anti-India militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, said that India is a greater threat to Pakistan than even the US. “The current government is conspiring with the US to give in to Indian supremacy [in the region]. Granting the Most Favoured Nation status is part of that plan. We must practically oppose this.”
He said that the Difa-i-Pakistan Council is working to agglomerate all political and religious parties to fight these conspiracies and tackle the difficulties that Pakistan is embroiled in.
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