QUETTA - The second phase of Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s (DPC) ‘long march’ against the resumption of Nato supplies kicked off on Saturday from Quetta to Chaman bordering Afghanistan.

The long march led by DPC chairman and central Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S) Maulana Abdul Haq will stay in different areas to record protest against revival of Nato supplies.

The others leaders, including Maulana Amir Hamza, Hafiz Fazal Muhammad, Maulana Qadir Loni, Abdul Matin Akhundzada and Abdul Qayyum were also included in the march.

A large number of people hailing from different religious parties were participating in the march. Due to long march traffic on Quetta-Chaman Highway remained jammed.

It is worth mentioning here that Quetta-Chaman Highway is one of the important routes through which supplies are transported for US-led coalition forces deployed in Afghanistan.

The participants of long march stayed at Kuchlak and Yaro localities where Maulana Samiul Haq and other leaders addressed the people.

“The sole purpose of this long march is to safeguard Pakistan because America after targeting Afghanistan is now focusing on Pakistan,” Samiul Haq said, adding America was involved in the ongoing unrest in Pakistan particularly in Balochistan.

Criticising rulers, he said rulers gave priority to the US by restoring Nato supplies against the wishes of people and disrespected people and the parliament.

“DPC will adopt all peaceful means to stop Nato supplies via Pakistan since blocking Nato supplies is indispensable for the security of the country,” DPC chairman said and demanded of the government for immediate halt to Nato supplies.

The participants of long march en route to Chaman Pak-Afghan border will stay overnight in Yaro area of Pishin and on next morning they will leave for Chaman where DPC leaders will addressing public gathering.