LAHORE: Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) has warned that if government did not stop the Nato supplies immediately, it would stage sit-ins on the Nato supply routes and stage long marches between Karachi-Hyderabad, Quetta-Chaman, Peshawar-Khyber Pass, Sargodha-Mianwali, Rawalpindi-Talagang and other important cities.
The DPC movement, beginning with the Lahore-Islamabad long march on Sunday (today), would not be content with halting the Nato supplies but would continue till the elimination of US interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs, said DPC leaders while addressing the All Parties Conference on Saturday, which was called to chalk out a joint strategy.
They reiterated that earning dollars by killing fellow Muslims was utterly forbidden in Islam and appealed to truck owners and drivers to display religious self-respect by refusing to carry the Nato supplies.
The APC was chaired by DPC Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq while it was addressed by the leaders of all the component parties, including Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Munawar Hasan, Jamaat Dawah Ameer Hafiz Saeed, Lt Gen (retd) Hameed Gul, Sh Rasheed, Ibtesam Ilahi Zaheer, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, Khadim Hussain Dhillon, Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Rupari,
Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Maulana Ilyas Chinioti, Qari Mansoor, Liaquat Baloch, Abdul Rehman Makki, Maulana Ameer Hamza, Zahid Bakhtawari, Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi, Brig (Retd) Nadir Mir, Brig (Retd) Muhammad Hanif, Irshad Arif, Abdullah Gul, Maulana Bashir Ahmad Shad and others.
Sami said rulers had again pushed the country into ignominy by reopening Nato supplies, whose closure had almost forced the US to withdraw from the region. The long march will begin at 10am Sunday from Nasir Bagh in Lahore and will head towards Islamabad, Haq told the media.
He regretted that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PTI leader Imran Khan did not come to the APC despite personal invitations and the offer to take up the leadership of this platform.
He said the decision of resuming Nato supplies was taken by two women while a third women is supervising its ratification in the parliament whereas Pakistani nation has nothing to do with it.
JD Ameer Hafiz Saeed said it was time for the nation to get rid of US control through this peaceful movement. He said the DPC has no violent intentions. Munawar said restoring Nato supplies is a fresh act of US slavery and the rulers have even thrown away joint resolutions of the parliament.
Gen Hameed Gul said a coward and salve leadership is the real issue of Pakistan. Sh Rasheed demanded that rulers must resign immediately and hold fresh elections. He said long march participants would sleep on footpaths and streets of Gujrat Sunday night. He said the long march would not pass through any ring road and bypasses, and government should shift the traffic to motorway to let the march pass through GT Road.
The Lahore-Islamabad long march of the DPC will begin from Nasir Bagh Lahore Sunday (today) at 10 am and reach Islamabad Monday evening after staying in Gujrat Sunday night.
The participants riding hundreds of vehicles including wagons, buses, jeeps and motorcycles will be accompanied by Jamaat ud Daawa ambulances, doctors, mobile motor workshops and other essential supplies, said JD spokesman Yahya Mujahid while talking to The News.
He said before the start of the march, the DPC leaders would offer special prayers at Masjid Shuhada, at the Mall and brief the media about the journey at 9:30 am.
He said leaders will stop for offering prayers and addressing the welcoming crowds at all the cities and towns alongside the GT Road.
He said DPC leadership had issued instructions to the participants to keep the march peaceful. He said 22 component parties of Tehrik Hurmat Rasool (THR), and alliance of religious parties will join the march with scores of vehicles and workers.