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.
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