Difa-e-Pakistan Council calls on Zardari to cancel India visit

DPC leaders say US announced bounty on Hafiz Saeed as a pressure tactic to get NATO supply routes reopened.

Our Correspondent April 05, 2012

LAHORE: Following up to Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s press conference on the $10 million United States (US) bounty on his head, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council on Thursday asked President Asif Ali Zardari to cancel his trip to India. The council said that India was not sending its hockey team to Pakistan and the president was going there.

Zardari plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch on April 8 before making a private visit to the famous 13th century Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.

Representatives of all 14 parties of the DPC were addressing a press conference in Lahore, where they announced all rallies and programs will carry on as planned and there would be no change. The council has announced a day of protest for tomorrow (Friday).

The representatives said that all parties were together and nobody was going to back down. “America should not think about it.”

The DPC leaders said that the United States had announced the bounty as a pressure tactic to get NATO supply routes reopened. They announced that moving international courts is under consideration, but the council will first move local courts that this act is interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

They said that America’s decision was  an act of disrespecting the local courts and called on the government not come under any international pressure.

“Hafiz Saeed and Abdul Rehman Makki are citizens of Pakistan, their protection is the government’s responsibility.”

Lashing out at the US, DPC leaders said that the country was pleasing Israel and India by conducting drone attacks and Abbottabad-style raids in Pakistan.

They called on the US to bring proof regarding their allegations against Hafiz Saeed and added that he was willing to come to any local court.

The media talk was headed by Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool leader Maulana Ameer Hamza. Others present included Pakistan Ulema Council chairman Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Mian Abdul Qadeer, JUI – Samiullah leader Asif Makhdoom, Dr Farid Parachi of the Jamaat-e-Islami, JUI – F leader Chaudhry Muhammad Abu Bakr and members of the Tanzeem-e-Islami.

The US recently announced a reward worth $10 million for the capture or any information leading to the capture of Saeed, making him one of the most wanted persons in the world.

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khurshid | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The bottom line is that we,Pakistanis, can choose to be a modern state where religion is a private matter between an individual and his God or choose to be a killing field for various factions claiming that their version of Islam is better and more complete than the others. There are no choices in between. we cant inculcate the likes of Hafiz saeed as a weapon against India and then not expect this weapon to be turned against us one day. This lethal weapon is now turned against the forces of tolerance, enlightenment and progress. They idealize centuries old medieval world while using all the amenities of the modern world. technology good, knowledge bad. What amazes me is that these sick minds, with their hate filled rhetoric still find supporters amongst the rest of us. He is a terrorist. Terrorism against India or US or Afghanistan is still terrorism; still remains a despicable heinious crime.

Raj - USA | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@mr. righty rightist: @Maryam:

I really give credit to the foresight of the boys who made the Aalu Anday song. One of the placard they show: PTI = Good Looking Jamat e Islami

Those who have not watched the video should definitely watch it on YouTube. Just type Aalu Anday song and you will get it. Some videos have subtitles in English so that those who cannot understand Punjabi can also follow. If the youth can come up with songs on those lines and popularize it, it would not only provide entertainment but also critically challenge and change the thinking of the population.

If Danush whose Kalaveri Di song became so popular (though it had totally meaningless words) could make meaningful songs on those lines pertaining to the issues in India, it would be good for India also.

Songs are powerful medium and good entertainment. It can also be used effectively to promote critical thinking.

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