Malik Ishaq attended Multan rally: Jamaatud Dawa

Published: February 17, 2012

LAHORE: Chief of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Malik Ishaq was in attendance at the Difa-e-Pakistan Council rally in Multan, a spokesperson for the council’s member organisation Jamaatud Dawa has said.

General (retd) Hamid Gul was wrong in denying Ishaq’s presence at the rally. He was present on stage,” said Yahya Mujahid, a spokesperson for Islamic chairty, which is blacklisted by the United Nations for its alleged ties to LeJ but not by the Pakistan government.

Gul, in an interview with Express News television channel, had categorically denied that Ishaq was present at the rally.

“It was DPC’s unanimous decision that Ishaq will not address the rally,” Mujahid told The Express Tribune on Friday. “It’s a simple rule that whoever addresses the people from stage at a DPC rally cannot be a member of a banned militant outfit.”

Mujahid was attending an emergency protest, called by the JuD outside their main mosque Jamia Qudsia in Lahore under the DPC’s banner, against resumption of Nato supply routes and trade talks with India. The council has also called a meeting of heads of member parties on February 19 in Islamabad.

Apology to media

He also apologised for statements made against the media at the council’s Karachi rally. “The statements should be condemned in the strongest terms. I, as a representative of JuD, have written letters of apology to media organisations.”


The spokesperson said that the DPC is an organised platform. “Funding [for the organisation] is provided by member parties while host parties for different rallies fund events in their own cities,” he explained. For instance, he said, JuD hosted the Lahore rally, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat organised the one in Multan, Sheikh Rasheed hosted the Rawalpindi event and Jamat-e-Islami hosted the Karachi rally.

“The nationwide networks of all member parties provide support in organisational procedures.”

In defence of Hafiz Saeed

Amir Hamza, a senior leader of the JuD, said that the reason the US is against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed is because he speaks out about human rights violations by US allied forces in the region.

He also blamed former president Pervez Musharraf for joining hands with the US in the ‘war on terror’ and the Balochistan crisis.

CORRECTION: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s name was erroneously written as Pervez Sharif. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Ozzie
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Why does your reports always have a mistake… It’s pervez musharf not pervez sharif.. Improve your standards..


  • Roflcopter
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:40PM

    big deal


  • Feb 17, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Root of all evils in Pakistan.. religious extremism.
    Stop these terrorists now or our future will be the same as Afghanistan.


  • Salahuddin
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Well done ET, as I myself watched an Interview in which Hamid Gul catagorically denied this fact and questioned the credibity of ET and the reporter, who reprted about Malik’s presence in Defa-e-Pakistan rally in Multan. When Gul was shown the photographic eveidence, he plainly refused to accept the truth and declared it as an engineered photograph. Now, can anyone tell me how such liars claim to be champion of Islam? Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2012 - 10:14PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    Root of all evils is secular extremism, Stop all these liberal who are making sense of nonsense


  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    i think u should first wake up and then use to tell to others pakistani people for “wake up…by saying two words ,no one can be woken should start first ……and we will support defa-epakistan..


  • INDIANmuslim
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:37PM

    *@Pakistan politics:
    pakistan should follow Defa-e-pakistan…it will be better for future of pakistan….


  • well-wisher
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Defa-e-Pakistan rallies are going to end up in Death-e-Pakistan in not so distant future if GOP do not stop and turn a blind eye on them.


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Finally Pakistan has found a strong united party which can lead it to the excellence achieved in the Golden times of the first four Caliphs. The Difa-e-Pakistan representatives look very homely and peaceful – very unlike the false image that has been sold internationally. In fact, one of the leaders, Malik Ishaq is so moderate, dignified and quiet in his bearing that he declined to speak even a word in the rally.


  • Cautious
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:32PM

    Score one for ET — pretty convincing evidence that Gul defamed ET.Recommend

  • Shah G
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:42PM

    brig ali khan is being court marshaled for having contacts with a banned group HuT and here we have a former DG ISI gen sb attending open public mass rallies of another banned outfit JuD…. amazing ? infact JuD is conducting rallies in all parts of pakistan, including liaqat bagh, just 3 kms away from GHQ

    =) what a funny piece of land


  • faraz
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @Pakistan politics

    The secular extremists who blew up a mosque today?


  • faraz
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:00AM

    @Diggvijay Singh

    It consists of JuD which is UN banned organization. SSP which is a sectarian organization and Malik Ishaq is head of LeJ which is involved in almost every terrorist attack inside Pakistan


  • pervez
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:13AM

    I think people have grown sick of Mullah stereotype of Pakistan.


  • Danish
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Difa-e-Pakistan, “Difa” from what?
    1-the indiference that has been created in balochistan
    2-the every rising prices of every single commodity.
    3-the bombs and suicide bomb
    4-Rogged medicines
    5-the huge debt burdon we are facing.
    can anyone please tell me, what “difa” means in “Difa-e-Pakistan” council?


  • bravo
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Pervez Musharraf is a non issue now. He will be remembered as one of the worst leaders of Pakistan. We should not be worried how his name is spelt. He is making money while sitting in London, while Pakistan suffering becuase of his ill doings.


  • khurshid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:37AM

    My question to all of you is that could this rainbow of such charming religious hardliners have been possible without some nudging and pushing from the right quarters? Consider the presence of Hamid Gul, Shaikh Rashid, Ijazul Haq each one with their loyalties to the”right” quarters. Consider Samiul Haq the father of the “good Taliban” and Mr. Saeed of JUD and LT fame, needing no intro to his connections. Consider also the absence of Fazlur Rehman, who has been spouting anti national security state rhetoric of late, and the identity of the patrons doesnt remain much of a mystery. But why? Why do the “boys” need these beards? Maybe not willing to put all the eggs in the skipper’s basket? Maybe the west needs to be constantly reminded why we cant “do more”. As ALice said in Wonderland, “it gets curiouser and curiouser”.


  • human
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    birds of feather


  • Doosam
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:43AM

    I heard that an office bearer of PTI also showed up at the meeting. Is that true? Has Kaptaan Khan endorsed this ‘holy alliance’?


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:46AM


    Those are your claims. If all of these were true how could they be so popular? Pakistan is an Islamic demo-cracy. Do you what ‘demo’ means in Greek? It means ‘people’. If Islamic people of Pakistan feel their life’s problems will be solved by this new united organization then it is their choice. They have not killed or mutilated anyone in the rally. They are just forming a peaceful solid organization to run Pakistan by Islamic commandments. Our Indian government should acknowledge this reality and talk to this popular party of Pakistan.


  • Babloo
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Difa-e-Pakistan is a star-studded party. It the crowning jewel of the Ummah of which Pakistan is the protector. The leaders of Difa-e-Pakistan, are each a jewel, from ruby to the rarest diamond, whose rule will unleash an era of peace and prosperity.


  • PakArmySoldier
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:14AM

    This provides further evidence that this organization inadvertently supports the Taliban. People like Maj Gen. Hamid Gul have shamed the Pak military.


  • hero
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:15AM

    Hamid Gul is a liar and the main source of Taliban’s strength. He should be banned and kept under house arrest. these type
    of retarded general is jeoparding Pakistan’s unity and supporting anti Pakistani elements in a way so that they attack Pakistan.


  • Fareeda malik
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:34AM

    I heard Gen.Hameed Gul’s interview on Aaj TV. My God! Vanity and takabbur! Thy name is Gen Hameed Gul.
    My simple question is why doesn”t he joins Taliban who are fighting against US and Nato in Afghanistan?


  • Uza Syed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:18AM

    Let this Hameed Gul guy be—–he is struggling to cope with his senility. He must lie as that’s a way of life for him. The best help you can provide him is just ignore him, no more coverage, just let him fade away into memories of his his self created glories and dreams of being the final Khalifa of his umma of terrorists etc. If we are bothered, too, much then we’ll take care our as well as his pronlems.


  • MT
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:52AM

    Please make corrections,

    JUD was banned by UN due to alleged links with LET (Lashkar-e-Tayba) no LET (Lashkar e Jhangvi) Hence, it is not banned in Pakistan, in fact supreme court of Pakistan has given its ruling in favor of JUD denying any links with Kashmiri Jehadi organization LET.


  • FJ
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:00AM

    This is a bet that people who are in favour of difa e Pakistan are DEOBANDI!!! hence proven…? :P


  • Enlightened
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:56AM

    OMG, why is it even the top most story?


  • gp65
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:14AM

    @Roflcopter: “big deal”

    So what is not an issue for you:
    1. The fact that Hami Gul blatantly lied about presence of Malik Ishaq in the Multan rally and instead claimed falsely that Tribune was doctring its footage OR
    2. The fact that a member of a banned outfit is part of DPC and allowed to address members from its stage OR
    3. The fact that such jalsas that give platform to banned outfits are not prohibed by the Pak establishment and governmentRecommend

  • gp65
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:16AM

    @Ozzie: “Why does your reports always have a mistake… It’s pervez musharf not pervez sharif.. Improve your standards..”

    Interestingly you also spelt the Musharraf’s last name incorrectly. When you point your finger at your neighbour, there’s 3 more point back at you.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:18AM

    @INDIANmuslim: “pakistan should follow Defa-e-pakistan…it will be better for future of pakistan….”

    I cannot believethat you are an Indian Muslim. Indian Muslims have protested in the thousands against terrorism – particularly terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Indian Muslims too dies on 26/11 by the way.Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2012 - 5:19AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    dear.. what is secular extremism? and how it has done any damage to Pakistan? I would really like to know that..

    My dear Baloch brother.. I have already woken up, kindly please click on my name and see what message and image of my motherland I am showing the world.

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    Sir, please… enough of this lampoon.

    Thumbs up brother. =)


  • ayesha
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:21AM

    diggVijay SIngh just makes these tongue in cheek statements to make fun of readicalized people. His actual intent is the exact opposit of his stated message.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:24AM

    @khurshid: Excellent analysis Khurshid. Cannot agree more.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:26AM

    @Doosam: “I heard that an office bearer of PTI also showed up at the meeting. Is that true? Has Kaptaan Khan endorsed this ‘holy alliance’?”
    YEs Eja Ul Haq the Vice President of PTI not just attended a DPC meeting but also addresed the rally. He has also tweeted about the same.Recommend

  • well-wisher
    Feb 18, 2012 - 9:03AM

    You are one of the most sane voices on this forum and spot on your comments on Diggvijay Singh and PTI. One shudders to think about the future role of DeP in Pakistan and how the present govt or the future ones are going to deal with this menace.


  • kazi
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:05AM

    100% agree with you …….


  • sultan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:13PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    They aren’t popular. For the most part, mullahs haven’t won seats in elections except as part of an alliance with more popular parties.


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 6:09AM

    Hamid Gul! Isn’t he the chappy who was carrying around Kaptaan for his street shows, till recently. How rapidly things change in the country.


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