Despite being banned in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) by the administration, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianwi reached Rawalpindi on Sunday to participate in the Sarbarahi Ijlas.
The media coordinator of the Sarbarahi Ijlas, Ubaidullah Usmani, confirmed to The Express Tribunethat the rally had started in the adjacent city of Islamabad.
Other party leaders including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, JUI-Functional chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat e Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch also reached Rawalpindi to participate in the rally.
Haq, while addressing the rally, rebuked the Pakistan Army and said that the Army had claimed that it will bring down the American drones, but still have not done anything yet, thus compelling the DPC to stand up for the cause.
The party leader also took up Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case during his address and said that their “innocent sister” is being “shamefully treated”.
The leaders, in a meeting today, will also review the arrangements and the strategy for the sit-in on Monday in Islamabad.
They will also look into the matter of the ban on three Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) leaders in Islamabad for seven days, confirmed the ASWJ spokesman, and added that the meeting will be chaired by DPC chairman Samiul Haq.
The spokesperson said that the DPC will formally announce at 2pm today the change in venue of the sit-in. It was earlier supposed to be in front of the parliament, but now it will be held at the Aabpara Chowk in Islamabad, he said.
DPC asks Defence Minister to resign
Difa-e-Pakistan Council has demanded the immediate resignation of Defence Minister for resumption of supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan on US pressure. DPC's Maulana Sami-ul-Haq presided the meeting of the Council in Rawalpindi to decide the strategy for the sit-in at Islamabad tomorrow to protest the resumption of NATO supplies. Addressing a news conference Maulan Sami-ul-Haq condemned the ban slapped on the netry of the Council's leaders Hafiz Saeed Ahmad and Maulana Ahmad Ludhnianvi. The ban would be challenged in the court tomorrow, he said.