Difa-e-Pakistan: Peshawar rally demands release of missing persons

Published: March 9, 2012
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Activists of members of Difa-e-Pakistan Council hold flags as they shout anti-US slogans at the rally in Islamabad on February 20, 2012. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Activists of members of Difa-e-Pakistan Council hold flags as they shout anti-US slogans at the rally in Islamabad on February 20, 2012. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) held a rally in Peshawar on Friday, demanding the immediate release of missing persons in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Ismail Darvesh of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F)  and Jamaatud Dawa leaders also addressed the rally. They termed the unrest in Balochistan an international conspiracy against Pakistan and stated that the DPC will not allow this to continue.

The rallydemanded the immediate release of missing persons through a resolution and said that those in the custody of the military and in jails should be released. Their emphasis regarding missing persons focused on those in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

It also demanded an end to military operations.

Earlier, small rallies from across Peshawar had convened at Chowk Yadgar for the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally and later moved to Chowk Shaheedan, where the rally is being conducted.

The first group to arrive belonged to Millat Islamia and was left by Divisional Ameer Tariq Haideri. Around 100 protestors were part of the group that had left Madrassa Khulafa Rasheeden Pipal Mandi. Another group of around 60 people from Nowshera led by Maulana Syed Yousaf also joined the gathering.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists numbering around 80-100 also joined the rally.

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.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Nasir
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:40PM

    I hope these terrorist sympathisers get a taste of there own medicine one day

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 3:56PM

    This proves that there is no such issues in Baluchistan!

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  • Akhtar
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:58PM

    It’s obvious that the DPC is the arm of the establishment & the objective is extension of tenure of the General.

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  • Journalist
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:21PM

    “Speake­rs focus on missin­g person­s in Khyber-Pakhtu­nkhwa, no mentio­n of those in Baloch­istan.”

    Biased reporting – A speciality of Express Tribune!

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  • Nas
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Everybody is scoring points on missing persons these days? I wonder if anyone of these even knows the meanining of “Missing persons’.

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  • ZYX
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:46PM

    “Their emphasis regarding missing persons focused on those in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with no mention of Balochistan.”

    Is ET reporting the news or judging it?

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  • ashok sai
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Doom-e-Pakistan !

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  • TTK
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:12PM

    plz ever see something +ve, stop thinking -ve

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  • Mehmood khan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:15PM

    When these people made Difa e Afghanistan shortly Afghanistan went to stone age.Go to history.
    I am afraid for Pakistan.
    Allah khair kare

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  • Bilal
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @Nas: If someone has to be arrested on solid evidence, he has to be indicted for his supposed crime and not tortured. That is his basic right in Islam and also the thing called the constitutionHundreds of people picked up by the army and its spy agencies since 9/11 were not even produced in courts. First, they lied that these were people who went for Jihad and got themselves killed. Then suddenly, they start appearing in courts in half-dead condition when the supreme court tightened the screws on them. If the army was so convinced they were criminals, why didnt they produce them in courts, which at least until the first 5 years under Musharraf were doing his bidding anyway? The fact is that most of these people are innocent and not having found the real perpetrators, the army makes do with them to fill in the numbers or redressing other vendettas Recommend

  • Falcon
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:59PM

    @Bilal:
    I agree that due process should be followed but saying that most of these people are innocent is certainly a stretch of imagination. Some of them might be innocent but not all of them are. And let’s agree that the state does not have the resources to produce evidence against them, keep them in jails, prosecute them, and punish them without significant blowbacks. Just look at the threats that have been issued by TTP to agencies, judges, and even a human rights activist today.

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  • Hafeez
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:27PM

    @Falcon:
    The question is not of someone being guilty or not, it is about the rule of law. If agencies cannot come up with strong cases against the culprits then its the security apparatus’s failure and incompetence. If we allow the agencies to operate with impunity then what would be the difference between these militants and the security forces.

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  • linga0123
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:57AM

    @Falcon:
    Are you sure you are innocent?

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  • Falcon
    Mar 10, 2012 - 5:47AM

    @linga0123 and
    @Hafeez:
    I am not saying extra-judicial measures are justified. All I am saying is that just making laws against agencies for curtailing their actions is not good enough. We need a comprehensive national strategy to contain violence and terrorism. If you look at the lifecycle of how currently a terrorism related case is handled in the system from lack of availability of resources to police to political intervention by influentials to lack of appropriate security at jails to lack of protection for lawyers, judges, and witnesses, everything needs to be fixed; otherwise, we will fix the problem in one place and it will show up in other place.

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  • Anwar
    Mar 10, 2012 - 6:26AM

    History will show that Hamid Gul’s contribution to Pakistan was even worse than Zia’s. That man has caused more suffering in more families than any other.

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