LAHORE - The Steering Committee of Pakistan Defence Council has decided to hold protest rallies against the drone attacks and “pro- US policy of the government”.

The meeting of the council held at Mansora yesterday and decided to hold protest in two Punjab cities during the next fortnight.

The first rally would be held at Faisalabad on June 19 while the second would be held at Gujranwala on June 26. The central leadership of the Difae Pakistan Council will address the two rallies.

Those attending the Steering Committee meeting included JUI(S)  Maulana Abdur Rauf Farooqi, Jamaat al Dawa’s Qari Yaqub Sheikh, Ahle Sunnahat’s Hafiz Tahir Ashraf, Syed Naeemul Hasan of the Hidiyatul Hadi, JI’s Mian Maqsood Ahmed and Hafiz Sajid Anwar, Maulaan Imran Sindhu and Dr Irfan Ashraf.

Steering Committee chairman Liaqat Baloch, who presided over the meeting, said that the differences of the religious forces had emboldened the secular elements hiding in the government to attack the Islamic values.

He said that on one hand, the US and India were attacking the country’s geographical boundaries while on the other hand, their agents were hatching conspiracies against the ideological identity of the country. He said the designs of these elements could be foiled only through a complete unity of the religious forces.

He said that the US-India collusion involved in the terrorist and subversive activities in the country had already been exposed but the government was playing host to the RAW spies. On the other hand, the NAP against terrorism had been diverted against the Ulema and madrissahs. He said that the unjustified arrests of the Ulema and raids at Madrissahs were intolerable.

Liaqat Baloch said that in the course of the JI campaign against corruption, the Panama leaks had exposed the plunderers and those availing the waving remittance of big bank loans.

He said it was the need of the hour to mobilize the general public against drone attacks. He was sure that large number of people would attend these rallies to express their sentiments.