June 28, 2013

Decision to rein in Difa-e-Pakistan Council


Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already warned that the Defence of Pakistan Council is harming Pakistan’s interests at external front

According to well placed reports, it has been decided at a high-level meeting that the Defence of Pakistan Council [Difa-e-Pakistan Council] would not be allowed to hold rallies in major cities of Pakistan as the leaders of the Defence of Pakistan Council are adding to the country’s external problems. This meeting was held at the Presidency. A high-ranking military representative was also present. However, the military representative remained non-committal during the meeting.

Jamat-ud-Dawa, responsible for arranging all the rallies and meetings of the Defence of Pakistan Council, and Jamat's head, Hafiz Saeed, are known for their extremist views. Given this background, Pakistan is facing disturbing situation at the external front.

However, the powers that be do not want to render the Defence of Pakistan Council ineffective even if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already warned that the Defence of Pakistan Council is harming Pakistan’s interests at external front.

Most likely, a terrified civil government will beg the GHQ and request the military leadership to help rein in the Defence of Pakistan Council. The military leadership in turn will claim that the voice of the Defence of Pakistan Council is the voice of the nation.

As a matter of fact, Pakistan Peoples Party, Muslim League (Nawaz), Muttihida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party are the legitimate ‘voices of the nation’, they were voted to power.

Hameed Gul, Hafiz Saeed, Syed Munawar Hassan, Samiul Haq, Sheikh Rasheed, S. M. Zafar and Ijazul Haq cannot claim national representation as most of them met with defeat in the last general elections. But the tragedy is that some state institutions are patronizing this group in order to defame the civilian government.

The Defence of Pakistan Council clearly understands that in the near future there is no place for them in the traditional politics of Pakistan and they cannot sneak into the power corridors through their trained Mujahideen and suicide bombers.

The leadership of the Defence of Pakistan Council also understands that even the military leadership fears an outright puritan revolution in the country and the number of military men associated Hizb-ul-Tahrir like Brig Ali Khan is very small.

That is why we usually come across such articles in right-wing newspapers that there is shortage of peoples like Muhammad bin Qasim in the military echelons of Pakistan. Why the Pakistan military’s overall impression is secular and it does not perform the duty of leading the military of the Muslim countries across the globe?

Brass Tacks, commanded by Zaid Hamid, has published books aimed at instigating the military leadership of Pakistan to launch nuclear attack on India and Israel to establish peace on the planet earth. If this agenda is implemented, Brass Tacks’ literature propagates, Pakistan would become a blue eyed of the Muslim world and the infidels would be forced to bite the dust.

Similarly, the Western educated Imran Khan wants to promote the agenda of extremist religious parties except for the full-implementation on Nifaz-e-Shariat in the country. Imran Khan is aligning with extremist forces in order to defeat the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) – the biggest opposition party in the parliament. Tehrik-e-Insaf, led by Imran Khan, is also seen as a Trojan Horse.

As the civilian governments are failing to come up to the people’s expectations, the extremist ideas are finding a hearing too.

The writer is an investigative journalist, his recent book Punjabi Taliban has been published by Pentagon publishers India. He can be contacted at hussainmujahid@gmail.com

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