ISLAMABAD -  Residents of the federal capital are once again puzzled to figure out the impact of the two major rallies in Islamabad over the next ten days.

Apparently they seemed more concerned about Imran Khan’s plans to ‘lock down’ the capital city on November 2, than the rally being convened by Difa-e-Pakistan Council on November 28.

But Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s claim that ‘foot soldiers’ of Difa-e-Pakistan Council in KP have been mobilized to make Imran Khan’s plans a success has added to their confusion. Situation on the ground soothed a bit after the Council’s Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq rebutted the allegations.

“Unfortunately, some cabinet colleagues of Prime Minister Sharif have lost their sense,” Maulana Muhammad Yousaf, a spokesperson of the Council’s chairman, said yesterday. Without naming Khawaja Asif, he strongly rejected the allegations and said no seminary students would participate in the rally to be held on next Friday in Islamabad.

“No religious seminary has been invited to take part in the Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rally,” he told The Nation on Sunday.

Maulana Yousaf made it clear that the rally aims at protesting against the ongoing Indian terrorism against Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Kashmir and highlighting the Indo-US nexus against Pakistan.

“We have nothing to do with Imran Khan’s plans to lock down Islamabad to force Prime Minister Sharif to step down,” he added.

Instead, he retorted to Defence Minister’s allegations saying the government is on the verge of launching a crackdown against religious seminaries in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Maunla Yousaf while quoting Maulana Samiul Haq warned the government of serious consequences if such operation was launched against any seminary without taking the Council on board.

He also rejected the impression that the recent meeting of Council’s delegation with Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan had discussed any issue related to the upcoming rally. Rather, he said the Council’s delegation had requested the minister to review the list of fourth schedule as no one can be deprived of citizenship and CNICs, after being a Pakistani national.

Maulana Yousaf said the rally of Difa-e-Pakistan Council would draw what he described as patriots of Pakistan from every nook and corner of the country to protest the gross human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir.

Difa-e-Pakistan Council is an umbrella organization of 35 political and religious parties including groups representing various minorities, and was formed in November 2011 in response to the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed by American planes along the Afghan border.

Pakistan closed the NATO supply routes to Afghanistan after the strikes but reopened the routes in July 2012 when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized. However, thousands of supporters rallied in Islamabad on July 9, 2012 in protest against the government's decision to reopen the lines.