LAHORE - Terming Karachi situation alarming, the Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) has decided to convene an All Parties Conference in the port city on December 30 to find out ways and means to restore peace.

Briefing the newsmen after meeting of heads of component parties of the alliance at Mansoora on Monday, DPC Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq said all parties including PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and JUI-F president Maulana Fazlur Rahman would be invited to the moot and a joint peace march in the port city to underscore the need for an end to bloodletting and target killings.

Asked if MQM and ANP would also be invited to the moot, he said the Council would be happy if all the parties joined hands for solving the Karachi issue.

Replying to another question, Maulana Samiul Haq said bloodshed and unrest in Karachi was not a sectarian issue. In fact, different forces were behind that and these were competing against each other to secure control of the city, but innocent people were falling its victim.

He said the DPC summit felt that the Karachi issue had become most serious. Dozens of people were being killed there daily and the ulema and students of the religious madaris were being targeted. Like other citizens, the DPC was also concerned over the matter. He said the defense of the country was the primary concern of the DPC and it would offer every sacrifice to achieve this end.

He said the US intervention and US slavery were the root cause of the unrest and instability in Pakistan, and added that the solution lay not only in getting rid of the US slaves within the country but also freeing the country from the US civilisation and its political and economic slavery. He said the DPC moot also discussed the worsening situation in Balochistan and called for immediate measures for the restoration of peace in the province.

The DPC moot termed December 16, fall of Dhaka, blackest day in the country’s history. It decided to stage a peace march on December 16 from Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam up to Wagha border.

Continuing, Maulana Samiul Haq said a just and immediate solution to the Kashmir issue was essential for lasting peace in the region. He welcomed the visit of All Parties Hurriat Conference delegation from Kashmir. However, he condemned New Delhi’s decision disallowing veteran Kashmir leader Syed Ali Gilani to join the delegation. It called upon Indian government to allow Syed Ali Gilani to visit the country with other Hurriat leaders.

He said the DPC would hold a seminar on Kashmir in Islamabad on January 5 to express its solidarity with the Kashmiris struggling for freedom and would also stage a long march from Rawalpindi to Islamabad on February 5, the Kashmir Solidarity Day.

Asked about the role of the DPC in the presence of a full fledged national army, he said that the armed forces were nowhere to be seen.

Had the armed forces being doing their duty, the country would neither have been facing the menace of terrorism or instability nor the US agents have been roaming about freely all around.

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan, Jama’tud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, Pir Saifullah Khalid, Lt Gen (r) Hamid Gul, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Sardar Attique Ahmed and mainstream leadership of component parties attended the DPC meeting.