Keep NATO routes closed: Hafiz Saeed tells Pakistan
Lahore: Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has launched a signature campaign against the reopening of NATO supply routes under the banner of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a conglomerate of over 40 hardline and extremist groups.
Saeed has pledged to tour the country to mobilise the people against any decision by the government to reopen the supply routes, which were closed after a cross-border NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief led a protest against the proposed restoration of NATO supply routes from Nasser Bagh to the Lower Mall in Lahore after Friday prayers.
A large number of activists of the JuD and other hardline groups participated in the rally and shouted slogans against the US, Israel and India. Saeed asked the activists to prepare for a long march against the Pakistan People's Party-led government, which he claimed could not bear pressure of the US and planned to allow the reopening of the supply routes.
He questioned why those favouring the reopening of the routes on humanitarian grounds did not show sympathy to the relatives of thousands of Afghans who were "martyred" by US-led forces in the "so-called war on terror".
He warned the government to learn a lesson from former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's mistakes, and act on the wishes of the 180 million people of Pakistan.