Thousands of right-winger and under the banner of the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), the amalgamation of religious and political groups, have organized vowed to resist NATO supply into Afghanistan.
The much-hyped long march was concluded outside the parliament amidst overwhelmingly heightened security measures.
Thousands of hyperactive workers of banned outfits reached Islamabad in a convoy of hundreds of busses, trucks and cars from Lahore.
Hafiz Saeed Ahmed, the chief of Jamaatud Daawa (JuD) was the key sponsor of the long-march against the resumption of NATO supply routes through Pakistan. Advocating peace in the country, the leader of the banned outfit said that the Muslims could not start a war against infidels unless they do launch an attack.
He observed, “Islam means peace. We will establish peace in the country. No Muslim can take out swords against any other Muslim. We are taught by our Prophet (PBUH) to advocate our religion with our character”.
Although the alliance is categorically emphasized on anti-US sentiments, Hafiz Saeed’s speech was most moderate speech in the gathering. Despite hardliner anti-India stance, he didn’t mention anything against the neighboring country in the speech.
The leader of the JuD said that the United States will face similar resistance as they had faced in Afghanistan if it made any attempt to launch an attack on Pakistan.
Chairman of the DPC Maulana Samiul Haq while addressing the hardliners said, “This long march is against the Crusade (against US) and the Jews. This movement will continue and we will now focus on the areas from where the supply goes to NATO forces in Afghanistan”.
He further announced that they still now stage a long march from Quetta to Chaman on July 14-15 and Peshawar to Torkham on July 16-17.
The right-winger alliance had announced this long march to protest the government’s decision to reopen Nato supply lines.
Chanting slogans against opening of Nato supply routes, the marchers followed a single route through Islamabad Expressway to Faisal Chowk leading further to Jinnah Avenue and arrived at the mouth of Parade Lane at about midnight.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ), Maulna Samiul Haq’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Ansar ul Ummah, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s Awami Muslim League (AML) and other smaller groups are part of the alliance.