RAWALPINDI – The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) on Saturday asked Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar to resign over the continued Nato supplies through Pakistan’s airspace, saying being the in-charge of the ministry, he was responsible all the matters related to the country’s defence.

It also announced to go ahead with the planned rally at Aabpara today (Sunday) and contact the Supreme Court against the government’s move to ban the entry of Hafiz Saeed and Ahmed Ludhianvi into Islamabad. The alliance leaders appealed the traders, lawyers, students, clerics and the residents of the twin cities to make the event a success.

DPC Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq, while addressing a press conference in the garrison town after a meeting held to review the arrangements for the today’s gathering, blasted the top political parties, including PML-N, over their alleged silence on the issue of the US resolution about Balochistan and said the whole nation supported the DPC’s policies.

He said the US wanted to use Balochistan to destabilise Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, adding that Washington never raised the issue of Kashmiris’ right of self-determination.

He called for immediate end to the drone strikes and said they would never allow resumption of the Nato supplies through the road network.

He said US Ambassador Cameron Munter first leaked the information about the Nato supplies through aerial route, while Mukhtar seconded him the very next day, adding that President Asif Ali Zardari also leave the office, while following the example set by the German head of the state, who resigned knowing the fact that the indemnity would soon be quashed.

Sami, who heads his own faction of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI), said the DPC would hold an all parties conference in Quetta on February 27, adding that they would consult the regional parties on multiple issues.

He made an interesting comment that the details of the negotiations held with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were reported by CNN, BBC and other Western media.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed said he would challenge the ban in the top judiciary, adding that they did not want a have clash with the government.

He said they would resist the restoration of Nato supplies, the US interference in Balochistan and MFN status to India, while ensuring overall defence of country.

The head of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Ahmed Ludhianvi, said they had foiled the government’s efforts to create hurdles in their way in the past and would repeat new attempts with force for the cause of Pakistan.

The son of former dictator Ijazul Haq, Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Lt Gen (r) Hamid Gul, Allama Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer and other leaders of DPC were also present on the occasion.

It is pertinent to recall that the DPC is holding a series of public meetings around the country to press the government to yield to its demands and gather public support for the purpose. Various organisations and religio-political parties are a part of the grouping.