Post-blockade: Carrying on no protests, DPC appears dormant

Sami says temporary halt in activities due to Ramazan, will resume activities in full swing after Eid.

Our Correspondent August 11, 2012


The Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), a cluster of more than a dozen right-wing groups appears to have fizzled out after the government resumed Nato supplies following a seven month blockade.

However, Maulana Samiul Haq, the convener of DPC and the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) differs with the contention.

Talking to The Express Tribune from his Jamia Haqqania seminary in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Sami said the temporary halt in activities was due to Ramazan and the council would resume its activities in full swing after Eid.

“You will see how we take a fresh start after Eid…our aim is to force the government to take back their decision of resuming supplies and we will achieve that,” said Haq.

He, however, appeared to have no answer when asked about the council’s plans after Eid and how it will gain momentum in its activities.

Since the blockade on Nato’s supply lines was lifted, the DPC has not taken out protest demonstrations.

Sources close to Jamaat-ud-Dawa  (JuD), a constituent group of DPC, commented that the council was a loose network of ‘like minded’ religious and political groups and has been dismantled now.

They added that there had not been any coordination among the top leaders of the council since the restoration of supply lines.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.