MULTAN - Participants of third Difa-i-Pakistan Conference resolved on Sunday to forcefully block all Nato supply routes and besiege the parliament, if the government restores the supply.

They also sent a message to what they described as anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan powers  US, Israel, India and others  that they were weighting in wings to wage jihad against them.

The conference was organised by Difa-e-Pakistan Council, a platform of mainly rightwing parties and groups including JUI-S, Jamat-ud Dawa (JuD), Ahl-e-Sunnat Waljamat Pakistan (ASWP) and Jamat-e-Islami. The council also includes Sheikh Rashid’s Awami League and Ijazul Haq’s Zia League. The arena was decorated with flags of the constituent parties, while large number of participants from all parts of South Punjab attended the gathering. The camps of some banned militant outfits were also seen outside the venue.

Chairman of the council and chief of JUI-S Maulana Samiul Haq administered oath to the participants, who pledged that they would not flinch from sacrificing their lives for the sake of the country and for foiling American, Indian and Israeli conspiracies. They further resolved to obey the orders of the council and its chairman for blocking Nato supply, protecting national security and countering American aggression.

Presenting a 10-point manifesto of the council, Samiul Haq said it would get Pakistan clear of US and her allies’ footprint, and exert pressure on US to stop drone attacks and vacate Pakistani basis. He added that the conferences by the council would disseminate the message of national solidarity to the world, besides reducing the national divisions on regional, lingual and sectarian biases. He said that the council would unite the nation to protect ideological grounds of the country, leash liberal and anti-Islam elements, protect “Khanqahs” and seminaries, and prepare ground for making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. He declared the council fully backs Kashmiris in their freedom fight and would lend all out moral support to Afghan Taliban.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed demanded the government announce date for quitting American war on terror. He warned that religious parties would stop Nato supply by force, if the government restored it. He said that US and India were highly worried because of their defeat in Afghanistan and therefore they have launched a propaganda campaign against Pakistan. If the US committed the mistake of attacking Pakistan, it will get dismembered very soon, he warned. He said that India begged the US not leave it alone in Afghanistan but Americans assured New Delhi they would get her declared most favoured nation by Pakistan.

Saeed said “Multani prime minister” is quick to accepting his mistakes like his retreat on Abbottabad operation and a statement in Supreme Court. “I advise him to confess this land was used against Afghanistan.” He opined that the nation was mired in multiple crises because of disobedience to Allah Almighty. “Let’s seek forgiveness from Allah. Let’s accept publicly that the strategic partnership with US was a wrong decision.”

JI Amir Munawar Hassan said any resolution in the parliament for restoration of Nato supply would be tantamount to committing treason and they would block it. “We’ll besiege parliament. When millions of angry Pakistanis would throng Islamabad, American stooges would find themselves in a blind alley.”

He demanded the army chief to bring army back to its motto: Iman, Taqwa, Jihad fi Sabilillah. “I say enough is enough. You’ll have to adopt a clear stance on national issues. Our security and solidarity is being challenged by American and Indian agencies.” Asserting that Indian interference in Balochistan was quite visible, he asked the government to distance itself from US and evolve an independent foreign policy. “War on terror was American fight and many serious issues like that of missing people are confronting us because of it. The stance of Balochs is right as their loved ones disappeared and when they protested, they found their dead bodies in sacks.”

Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Gul said that all national institutions had failed to protect national security and sovereignty. He regretted that “our own security institutions bombed own people and handed over our sons to the Americans”. He said that the Americans committed aggression against Pakistan and after feeling its pinch “we partially cut off Nato supply line”. He warned that the country would face serious security threats if the supply line was restored. He said that he had anticipated immediately after 9/11 incident and American attack on Afghanistan that Afghanistan would merely be a base to attack Pakistan.

He lashed out at the government for declaring India most favoured nation (MFN). “If India is the MFN, then who is committing terrorism in Balochistan, who has blocked our rivers and who is utilising Afghan soil for terrorism in Pakistan,” he posed multiple questions.

Sheikh Rashid declared the prime minister the mother of all evils. “Gilani has made Pakistan defaulter of $650 billion. The three-year borrowing is bigger than the borrowing of 60 years.” He alleged that the PM had appointed all thieves and thugs, who were imprisoned with him, as heads of important national institutions who destroyed those institutions. He said that Gilani had not gone to jail for Difa-i-Pakistan or Islam rather he was imprisoned for his frauds.

He categorically declared the prime minister and his sons responsible for the prevailing fake medicine crisis. “I am saying this while standing in Multan that the sons of Yousuf Raza got issued 4,000 licences of medicines in a day from health ministry. This family is corrupt. Even the in-laws of Gilani are corrupt too.”

“If you want to bring Islamic revolution in democratic system, you’ll have to create room for the people like us,” he asked the leadership of religious parties.

Ahl-e-Sunnat Waljamat Pakistan (ASWP) chief Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhyanwi, Ijazul Haq, JuD leader Prof Abdul Rehman Makki, Azhar Masood, Dr Khadim Hussain Dhillon, Shamas ur Rehman Moawiya, Maulana Bashir Ahmad, Syed Ataul Mohaimin Shah Bokhari and Maulana Fazalur Rehman Khalil also addressed the conference.

Besides the volunteers of the council, large presence of police and other security officials was seen at and around the venue. Guards were also deployed at the rooftops of adjoining buildings. Although walkthrough gates were installed and initially the security officials asked the participants to pass through them but later on the gates were removed and people entered the venue without any checking.