Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) on Friday assured the Baloch of its support. ButIts leaders also accused India and America of being part of a conspiracy to destabilise Balochistan.
The leaders, including Jamaatud Dawa head Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, were addressing a rally Yakjehti-e-Balochistan Karwan, organised by the banned outfit, at the DPC’s call.
Among other speakers were: Ahle Sunnat Waljamat (formerly Sipah-i-Sahaba) Punjab president Maulana Shamsur Rehman, Jamat-i-Islami leader Ameerul Azeem, JD information secretary Hafiz Masood, Jamaat Ahle Hadith’s Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari, Jamiat Mushaikh Ahle Sunnat president Pir Saifullah Khalid, Awami Muslim (AML) League Lahore president Mian Qadeer and Pakistan Ulema Council head Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi.
The speakers addressed about 1,000 protesters, mostly from JD, who walked from Markaz Qudsia, Chauburji to the Press Club.
Hafiz Saeed termed the separatist movement in Balochistan “a conspiracy hatched by India and America for their selfish interests”. “[But] we are with the Baloch and want that they be given their rights. We will fight for them,” he said.
Maulana Shamasur Rehman also assured the Baloch of “Punjab’s support”. Mian Qadeer of AML, said that the Balochistan issue would be resolved in no time if the party came into power.
Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari warned the PPP-led government against creating a 1971-like situation, a reference to the break up of Pakistan. He demanded that the government fulfill the demands of the Baloch, adding that they would fight for rights of people in Balochistan.
Amirul Azeem described all talk about separation as “Indian conspiracy”. Although injustices have been committed and various military operations launched, he said, no Baloch wanted to break away from Pakistan.
Tahir Ashrafi, while demanding that the Baloch be given their rights, said that Bramdagh Bugti and Harbiyar would be welcomed if they returned as Pakistanis. “But if they act like Indian or US pawns they will be treated like enemies,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2012.
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