LAHORE: Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed said on Sunday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘controversial’ remarks in Afghanistan were not appreciated.
Nawaz was in Kabul on a one-day visit to Pakistan’s western neighbour to revive the peace process before Nato troops are withdrawn in 2014.
“I have assured my brother President Karzai that Pakistan would continue to extend all possible facilitation for the Afghan peace process,” the Prime Minister had said on Saturday.
“In our view, the key to a sustainable peace in Afghanistan 2014 and beyond is an inclusive political settlement. That is why Pakistan has steadfastly supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process,” Nawaz had stated.
Speaking at a rally held to protest against drone strikes in Lahore, Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Israel.
The JuD rally participants were carrying flags and chanting slogans against the US, India and Pakistan’s government.
The rally started from Nila Gumbad and culminated near Masjid-e-Shuhada where the leaders of the parties delivered their speeches.
Jamiat ulema Islam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq in his address said that continuation of Nato supplies, sectarianism, drone attacks and US intervention were not real problems for Pakistan — the presence of the US in Pakistan was.
He said that non-Muslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan, stating that even the US and Russia were now working together.
Haq praised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan’s stance in blocking Nato supply.
Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) demanded on Sunday that the government play its role in opposing drone strikes in Pakistan and also oppose construction of a wall in Kashmir by India.
The council warned that if this was not done, people would resort to taking matters into their own hands.
Various parties of DPC held a protest rally near The Mall in Lahore alongside participants of Jamatud Dawa (JuD).
Correction: A previous version of the story carried a misspelling of ‘Nila Gumbad’. The error has been fixed.