Peshawar civil society demands ban on Difa-e-Pakistan

Speakers at the protest say 'Hamid Gul and his partners responsible for the massacre of three million people.'


Iftikhar Firdous March 06, 2012

PESHAWAR: Civil society in Peshawar took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, demanding that a ban be imposed and the council be held responsible for the death of three million people.

“Hamid Gul and his partners are responsible for the massacre of three million people, in particular the Pashtuns,” said Idrees Kamal, convener of the Aman Tehreek – a conglomerate body of civil society. Kamal was speaking during a protest organised in the Hashtnagri area of Peshawar.

The Difa-e-Pakistan rally to be held in Peshawar on March 18 has caused a stir in the city.

“Previously the council gathered under the name of Difa-e-Afghanistan and Islam, killing thousands of innocent people. Now they have once against gathered to do so,” said speakers at the protest.

Protestors demanded that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should intervene and impose a ban on the rally. They also said that Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti should not allow the council to hold a rally in the city.

The protest had been organised despite security threats and was attended by people from all walks of life.

Background

Difa-e-Pakistan Council is a coalition of over 40 religious and political parties that has been vocally demanding the government to keep Nato supply routes closed and withdraw its decision to grant India the status of most-favoured nation.

The first DPC rally was held in Lahore and was organised by Jamatud Dawa (JuD), whose leadership is in charge of coordination and communication between all members of the group. Rallies have also been organised in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

Calling for the Nato supply routes to stay closed, the DPC has several times, in their past rallies, threatened to besiege the parliament in case the government decides to reopen the routes.

COMMENTS (81)

Indian | 9 years ago | Reply @A muslim: where destruction of mosque and churches is so common, where 3000+ innocent muslims killed i.e. in Gujrat by hindu extermists. This is how propaganda works in Pakistan.... There was one Babri Masjid incident in the entire history of independent India unlike innumerable such incidents in Pakistan that happen on a daily basis. 3000+ Muslims!!!!!!!!!! - You need to learn truth and therefore here is the truth - On 27 February 2002, the Sabarmati Express train was attacked at Godhra by a large Muslim mob as per a preplanned conspiracy. 58 Hindu pilgrims, mostly women and children returning from Ayodhya, were killed in the attack. This in turn prompted retaliatory attacks against Muslims and general communal riots on a large scale across the state, in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were ultimately killed and 223 more people were reported missing. Not just that lesser number of Muslims got killed than 3000. But the fact is both sides lost precious lives in the stupidity. And who are you to own Muslims in India? They have an identity of their own. They are 'Indian' Muslims. Unlike Pakistani Muslims who have brought lot of fame(!!!!!!!) to Islam, Indian Muslims have largely been productive..........
wonderer | 9 years ago | Reply

@Brave Pathan:

You are absolutely right. You must have your Difa-e Pakistan Council. You need it badly.

Any country whose Army only knows how to run away from the battle field or Surrender, needs such a council. Others can defend themselves without one.

Better luck in future.

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