PDC holds rally against US, India

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PESHAWAR: Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, the Pakistan Defence Council (PDC), an alliance of like-minded religious parties, groups and individuals arranged a rally in Peshawar, on Sunday, against the United States (US) President Donald Trump’s decision of declaring Jerusalem as capital of Israel and his ongoing threats to Pakistan.

Jumaat Ud Dawa (JUD) Chief Hafiz Saeed did not attend the rally. However, he addressed the participants through telephone.

According to the JUD local leaders, Saeed wasn’t allowed by the federal government to address the rally.

The JUD chief is on the UN wanted person list for his alleged involvement in terror acts.

In his telephonic address to participants, Hafiz Saeed said, “Pakistan will emerge as victorious in the light of the unity being demonstrated by the nation. All of us are united and are determined to foil all attempts being hatched by the enemies who are after Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities.”

He said that the duo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will face failure.

He further stated that “America is trying to cover its failure in Afghanistan by blaming Pakistan,” and stressed that “It is the time to get rid of the US slavery and work towards making Pakistan a strong and progressive country in the region.”

While commenting on India, the JUD chief said that India will never be allowed to become a power in the region and added that the PDC leaders will go to each and every city in Pakistan to mobilise the people for their cause.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while addressing the rally appreciated the efforts of the PDC leaders for raising voices against the US, India and others who are hatching conspiracies against Pakistan, and assured them of his government’s wholehearted support.

He also hosted a lunch in honour of the PDC central leadership.

Awami Muslim League Founder Sheikh Rashid, Maulana Sami Ul Haq, Abdul Rahman Makki, Saif Ullah Khalid, Yaqoob Sheikh and others also addressed the rally.