ISLAMABAD – The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) leaders are putting pressure on Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) to postpone its scheduled long march from Karachi to Islamabad in mid-January to avoid possible confrontation with Tahir-ul-Qadri’s march, which is almost falling on the same dates.

Though the DPC had explicitly ensured their full participation to ASWJ chief Ahamad Ali Ludhianvi-led long march, now adopting a new strategy the saner elements suggesting to postpone it for the time being.

The religio-political party ASWJ, which has even arranged a large number of banners and posters, is now seemingly compelled to give second thought to its decision after feeling ‘isolation’ and avoiding any confrontation with Qadri’s march scheduled on January 14.

“Members of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) advised me to re-schedule long march to avoid any confrontation with Tahir-ul-Qadri-led long march, “ said ASWJ chief Ludhianvi taking to TheNation.

He said ASWJ will contemplate this matter tomorrow (Thursday) to either postpone their long march or go for its previous plan. “We don’t want to create untoward situation in federal capital as already a lot of conspiracy theories are talk of the town,” he said, adding that they would certainly avoid locking horns with anyone in such a situation when country is passing through difficult time.

He did not openly share to postpone their long march but at the same argued that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would also start its journey for long march on 11 January so any ‘conflict like situation could also create there’.

Ludhianvi also strongly criticised Qadri by saying that after spending a long span abroad now he all of sudden has started his ‘special mission’.

When contacted, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) central leader Liaqat Baloch said that they had advised ASWJ chief to re-schedule its long march as both the march dates are coinciding on same dates. “We have asked him not to become part of conflict in ongoing situation,” he added. It is relevant to mention here that Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) a month before announced to launch a long march from Karachi to Islamabad on January against the continued target killings of Sunni Ulema and seminary students in Karachi.

They received supporting voices from Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) soon after its announcement. As per their plan, they wanted enter into Islamabad and stage a sit-in there till the acceptance of their demands.

The main cause of the long march was that their Ulema and students were being targeted in the provincial capital of Sindh, as over 250 of them had been shot dead in the previous months.

They demanded that objectionable material including scripts, audio and visuals should be confiscated and those involved in provocative and hate activities should be arrested and punished to restore sectarian peace in the country.