NATO supply resumption: DPC to hold long march from July 8

DPC to march from Lahore to Islamabad. JI says government is strengthening enemies of Islam and Pakistan.

Mudassir Raja/web Desk/ppi July 04, 2012

LAHORE: The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has announced of holding a long march from Lahore to Islamabad from July 8 to protest against the government’s decision of reopening the Nato supply routes.

The decision was announced by Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam (JUI-S) Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq during a press conference in Rawalpindi.

He said that they would hold an all party meeting to decide on the finer details of the march on July 7. The DPC will also observe July 6 as a black day.

Issuing a call for all religious and political parties of country to join their march, the JUI-S chief said that a committee is being formed within the DPC which will speak to leaders of opposition parties including the Jamiat-Ulema-Islam-Fazal group and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

In response to a question, Haq said that the resumption of the supply line was un-Islamic since the materials being transported through it were being used to kill Muslims. Additionally, he said that resumption was against the sentiments of the Pakistani public and parliamentary recommendations.

He called on the government to resign immediately for this unacceptable act since the resumption did not reflect a democratic decision of democratically elected government.

Among those present at the conference were Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Hafiz Rehman Makki, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, General (retired) Hameed Gul among others.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan also strongly condemned the restoration of Nato supplies and said that the rulers had put a seal on the “document of their slavery”.

Hassan added that while the government had strengthened the enemies of Islam and Pakistan, the nation would have to rise for its independence and for the protection of its nuclear weapons.

“The nation should unite as one man against this anti-Pakistan decision and close all supply routes,” he added.

He said that the DPC would decide its future line of action on the decision at a meeting.

Hasan further said that the rulers had served the US interest at the cost of vital national interest and the decision would prove to be their “death warrant”, he added and said that the “so-called” apology by the US secretary of state was a “play of words” and it did not mention the drone attacks.

The JI chief further claimed that the rulers in Islamabad were so mindful of the US interests that they also withdrew their demand for a transit fee of $5,000.

“God alone knew what transpired behind the door,” he remarked.


Scaramouche | 9 years ago | Reply Are these people our friends? or our enemies? Question: The Nato supplies were stopped after the Salalah massacre. Why have these people not protested and complained about the recent massacre of our army personnel by the Afghan Taliban? Do we only get worked up when our 'perceived' enemy kills our own? Fact: These parties get their dictation from Saudi Arabia... Saudi Arabia is USA's best friend... How can these people protest against Nato when they themselves are following an indirect US agenda. These people provide the excuse for drone attacks.. and for US presence on our soil... Question: Is this what our religion is all about.. War? Jihad? When was the last time any one of us saw any of these people preaching about the essence of Islam itself.. like encouraging people to pray and to be good muslims and citizens...
Pasha-Nirasha | 9 years ago | Reply

Does this mean that all the members of the DPC will be in one small area all at once? Hmmm... I wonder if this opportunity will every arise again. I hope the Americans are paying attention.

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