Pak religious organisations flay Government on Kashmir policy

TARIQ NAQASH

Muzaffarabad, Oct 14: Defence of Pakistan Council (DFC), an alliance of mainly religious organisations, pulled in hundreds of people here on Sunday to express complete support for the ongoing armed struggle in Jammu and Kashmir amid criticism of Pakistani rulers for “falling in with the United States.”
 However, DFC chairman Maulana Samiul Haq also spotlighted the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and its imminent repercussions for the country.
 The gathering was held in the University College Ground in main old city, which was decorated with dozens of small and big panaflax banners of different outfits, inscribed with pro-jihad slogans as well as portraits of their respective leaders. Audience also shouted pro-jihad slogans particularly when their favourite speakers would take the podium.
 “Malala is (like) our daughter and we condemn attack on her… But the innocent Swat girl has been used as a tool to pave way for operation in South and North Waziristan,” said  Haq in the event’s concluding speech.
  “It’s part of a great game by the devilish forces and under its cover, they want to bomb us once again and defame Islam and Islamic forces,” he alleged.
 He pointed out that the Barack Obama had shed tears on Malala’s shooting, but when around 1200 innocent girls were burnt to death in Jamia Hafsa, the US President had termed it accomplishment of his agenda.
 Earlier, speaking on Kashmir, Haq said: “We have felt that the Pakistani rulers bear ill-intentions towards Kashmir and that’s why they have put it on the back burner.”
 “We have come to assure you that Pakistan’s religious and political forces are on your back and we will put our everything on stake for freedom of Kashmir.”
 However, in the same breathe the DFC chief said that while Pakistanis had been mourning the slavery of Kashmiris for over sixty years, today they were themselves faced with a similar situation.
 “Today, Kashmir is being ruled by the Kashmiris but Pakistan is being ruled by the US and  Obama. So how can we ask these (Pakistani) rulers to do something for (emancipation of) Kashmiris?”
 “Those who could not protect their own freedom can do nothing for Kashmir. Pinning hopes on them is a futile practice.”
 Asking people to support the cause of DFC, Haq also tried to dispel impression that the alliance was backed by the powerful Pakistani establishment.
 “We don’t have political or electoral objectives and there is no hidden force on our back.”
 Earlier Jamaat ud Dawaa (JuD) Pakistan ameer Hafiz Muhammad Saeed warned India that if the US along with its allies could not maintain its occupation of Afghanistan, it could not keep up the subjugation of Kashmiris either.  
 In a reference to infiltration from Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, the JuD chief said there was no need to send any Pakistani across the Line of Control in the presence of thousands of Kashmiris on both sides ready to offer sacrifices for their freedom.
 He told that the second point of DFC agenda was to “unite the nation against India, prepare minds for jihad in Kashmir and prove trade agreements, including MFN status to India, wrong.”
 Fazlur Rehman Khalil, now heading Ansaar ul Ummah outfit, termed Pakistani rulers as a hurdle to the freedom of Kashmir, saying the issue had gone into the background due to their wrong policies.
 “On the one hand they talk about freedom and solidarity with the Kashmiris, and on the other they befriend India.”
 Muslim Conference president and former PaK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, who was the host of DFC here, focused more on harsh criticism of Peoples Party and its leadership than the freedom movement in Kashmir.
 He also denounced trade relations with India and alleged conspiracies to convert Gilgit-Baltistan and PaK as provinces of Pakistan.
 Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion were Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhhianvi of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, former ISI chief Hamid Gul, former federal minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed and Abdul Rehman Makki of JUD.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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