PESHAWAR: In protest of ‘increasing’ drone strikes in the province, Difa-e-Pakistan Council announced countrywide demonstrations starting June 15.
Provincial leaders of the DPC made the announcement at a press briefing held at the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) provincial headquarters in Peshawar on Sunday.
Talking to reporters, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Sami (JUI-S) provincial ameer Maulana Yousaf Shah said that drone attacks have increased in tribal areas and the DPC will launch a series of protests, which will begin from Peshawar.
Shah said that their conglomerate of 40 parties will stand against US atrocities world over. “DPC protested against American involvement in Balochistan when no one dared to raise the Pakistani flag there,” Shah said.
He added that another protest will be organised at Lal Masjid in Islamabad on June 17, while conventions will be arranged in all provinces with a two-day programme in Muzaffarabad on July 14-15. He said that in Peshawar the DPC rally will start from Ashraf Road at around 9am and will assemble and protest at the Qissa Khawni Bazaar.
He claimed that the country is under US control and the DPC wants to liberate it. There is no moral justification for drone attacks and military operations in K-P must end immediately, he said, adding that dialogue with militants can resolve problems.
JI provincial ameer Professor Mohammad Ibrahim Khan said the DPC is opposed to resumption of NATO supplies as it is tantamount to US slavery.
Khan said the parliament had asked for ending drone attacks and demanded that the US apologise over the Salala attack, but so far neither of the two has happened.
He also called for media access in tribal areas to investigate who is being killed in the US strikes, adding that the DPC wants to put pressure on the Pakistani government, which is killing its people to please Americans.
JI Secretary General Shabbir Ahmed Khan, Secretary Information Israrullah Advocate, JUI-S General Secretary Ikramullah Shahid and leaders of other parties were also present at the news conference.