Defa-e-Pakistan Council to organise rally against NATO
Lahore: The Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a conglomerate of over 40 religious and extremist groups, on Saturday said it would organise a "long march" from Karachi to Islamabad on May 27 to oppose the planned reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
DPC leaders warned its activists would "physically" halt the supplies if the government goes ahead with the reopening of the supply routes against the wishes of the people.
The decision to organise the long march was made by DPC leaders during a meeting held at the Jamaat-e-Islami`s headquarters at Mansoora.
The meeting was attended by Jamaat-ud-Dawah Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Jamaat-e-Islami head Munawar Hasan, former ISI chief Hamid Gul and politicians Shiekh Rashid Ahmed and Ijaz-ul-Haq.
Saeed, who formed the DPC last year, said thousands of people will march to Islamabad from Karachi to force the government not to take any "pro-US decisions".
"Restoring the supply lines for NATO forces in Afghanistan means the US will not leave the region even in the next 10 years," Saeed said.
The DPC will also talk to the associations of transporters and ask them not to carry NATO supplies.
Saeed further said the DPC will organise protests across the country on May 25.
Pakistan closed the supply routes after a cross-border NATO air strike in November killed 24 of its soldiers.
The US and Pakistan are now close to a deal for reopening the supply lines.
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