LAHORE: The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), holding an All Parties Conference (APC) on Saturday, said that its long march against the Nato supply resumption will be a show of “Islamic force” and a step ahead to rid the country of the US forces.
The DPC leaders, speaking to the media at a private hall in Lahore, announced final arrangements of the long march, which is expected to reach Islamabad in two days. The conference was hosted by the Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and chaired by DPC chairman Maulana Samiul Haq.
While the conference was attended by several religious parties, head of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed also participated in the conference as the only politician. Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hameed Gul and three former brigadiers, Nadir Mir, Hamid Saeed and Muhammad Hanif, were also present at the event.
The DPC chairman termed the supply resumption as an “insult to the Parliament for not keeping in view its recommendations”. On behalf of the APC participants, he demanded that the government step down.
JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed boasted that the DPC had a great role in the prolonged suspension of the Nato supply routes after the Salala incident, and added that the party will cleanse the region of the US forces once and for all. “I have apprehensions that if the Nato supply route is reopened, suicide attacks would start again and the US would make it a plea to prolong its stay in the region.”
Former ISI chief Hameed Gul added that the opening of supply routes would give America the power to attack any area of Pakistan in return for any damage to its material. The presence of the US is to keep China away from Pakistan, de-nuclearise, de-militarise and divide it, he added.
On the other hand, the leader of a DPC member party Tehreek Ghalba-e-Islam, Qari Mansoor Ahmed said that the blockade of Nato supplies would be a “real step to favour the Taliban”, and added that his party is fighting along the Taliban in Afghanistan against the US forces. “Cutting the supply line is an effective tool of jihad which we must attain.”
Haq, giving the details of the long march, said that they would proceed towards Islamabad through GT Road, starting from Nasir Bagh, Lahore, on Sunday at 10am. On Sunday night, the rally will reach Gujrat and would reach D Ground in Islamabad on July 9.
The DPC had also called Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) to the APC, but they all refused the invitation.