ISLAMABAD - The speakers at a public gathering Sunday warned the government of serious consequences if it tried to reopen Nato supply routes and condemned its intention of granting most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.
Thousands gathered here at Liaquat Bagh to participate in Difa-i-Pakistan Conference (DPC) organised by Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) under the aegis of the Difa-i-Pakistan Council an alliance of 40 religious and political parties.
The speakers warned that if Nato supplies were restored they would stage sit-ins from Peshawar to Chaman and will launch a march on parliament. They also demanded the government expel Husain Haqqani from the Prime Minister’s House, declaring the former Pakistan envoy to the US as a central player of a plot against Pak Army and nuclear capability of the country.
DPC Chairman Samiul Haq, JuD chief Professor Hafiz Saeed, Gen (r) Hamid Gul, Jammat-i-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hassan, Awami Muslim League Chairman Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Ahmed Ludhyanvi, former army chief Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Baig, Sahibzada Abul Khair Zubair, Allama Ibtasam Elahi Zaheer were prominent among those who spoke to the gathering.
Samiul Haq called upon the government to shun the policies of former dictator Gen (r) Pervaiz Mushrraf, saying “these have made us slaves of the US”. He said whole the nation wants peace in the country but no interference from the troika of evil India, Israel and the US in the country’s affairs would be tolerated. He said India being murderer of thousands of innocent Kashmiris was not liable to be granted MFN status.
Hafiz Saeed warned that the masses would not tolerate restoration of Nato supply routes. “Rulers should awake from the deep slumber and refuse continuation of the US slavery… Until we repent for the grave mistake we committed 10 years ago by allowing our territory to be used against Afghan Muslims, we will never be able to overcome the prevailing crises.” He said if MFN status is granted to India, it would destroy the trade of Pakistan. He alleged that India was trying to destabilise Pakistan by creating troubles in Balochistan.
Hamid Gul said parliament, other state institutions and political parties were not playing their due role that’s why today masses were on the streets. He said the parliament had adopted unanimous resolution against drone strikes but they failed to implement it. He called upon the government to shut country’s air space to Nato, saying the people would resist reopening of supply routes to Nato and MFN status to India. He said 2.5 million retired armed forces personnel did not want Mushrraf to come back to do politics.
Munawar Hassan said it was need of the hour that the Ulema unite and come forward to steer the country out of crises. He said the government had taken wise decisions of closing Nato routes and taking back Shamsi Airbase but once again, it seems, they are going to accept US slavery by retracting their decisions. He said the US faced humiliating defeat in Afghanistan and day was not far when there will be an Islamic revaluation in the country.
Sheikh Rashid said the country faced threat of destabilisation at the hands of some of its own people. He said a conspiracy had been hatched by the government by writing memo against country’s armed forces. He said there cannot be any revolution in the country unless pro-Islamic forces unite.
Maulana Ahmed Ludhyanvi said they would stage sit-ins across the country if government reopened Nato supply routes. Muslim Conference President Sardar Atiq Ahmed said Kashmir was in danger today owing the policies of the rulers. He said conferring MFN status on India was part of a bigger conspiracy against Pakistan.