RAWALPINDI - Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said that India is behind all the turmoil in Pakistan including unrest in Karachi, Balochistan and other areas.

“India along with Western imperial powers, such as Israel and the US, has been hatching conspiracies against Pakistan by fanning sectarianism in the country. All the political parties should forge unity among their ranks while the nation should also stand along with the Pakistan Army to foil the nefarious designs of enemies and make the defence stronger,” he added. Hafiz Saeed expressed these views while addressing a gathering of tens of thousands of people here at Liaquat Bagh on Friday.

He said that India, America and Israel were responsible for law and order situation in Karachi, Balochistan and other areas of the country. He said that India was the worst enemy of Pakistan which could not see Pakistan on the path of development. He said that India wanted to make Pakistan deserted by waging water war and constructing dams on water flow towards the country. He said that he had no objection on talks between India and Pakistan for peace process but these negotiations should be on equality basis.

He said that India illegally occupied Kashmir and had been violating basic human rights there for long. He said that Kashmir issue should be resolved as per aspirations of Kashmiri people. He said that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan.

The JuD chief said that the country was not founded for sectarianism and provincial prejudice. “Sectarianism, target killing and ongoing law and order situation has weakened its basis,” he added. He said that India was hatching conspiracies against the country by fanning anti-state sentiments. “Everyone knows India is behind the law and order situation in Balochistan, KPK and Karachi,” he said and urged the government not to make comprise on strong defence.

He sought an economic system based on Islamic principles and called for holding dialogue with India on equality basis on issues of Kashmir, water and border problems. He said that whole nation was united and would not hesitate to render any kind of sacrifice when and where needed. He said that Pakistan Army is a professional force and capable to tackle any threat to the country.

Thousands of people came from different parts of the country to participate in the march organised at historic Liaquat Bagh on the occasion of Independence Day and force the government not to give India the status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN). Later, the rally was moved towards Islamabad via Benazir Bhutto Road. The people from various parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir also came to participate in the rally. They shouted slogans against India and for the freedom of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

JuD spokesman Muhammad Asif, while talking to media persons, said that more than 5,000 volunteers were providing security cover to the rally. Volunteers wearing black uniform have formed human chain, securing vehicles carrying leaders of the party. CCTV cameras were fixed on vehicles to monitor what is going on around the rally. City traffic police control room estimated that over 6,000 vehicles including buses, cars and motorcycles transported thousands of participants to Islamabad. Workers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) and other religious parties have also joined the rally after Friday prayer. The vehicles participating in the rally were decorated with huge-sized banners mentioning slogans against India, America, Israel and UK.