Sunni Muslims will not join Islamabad rally if any banned outfit attends, SIC says

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Sunni Ittehad Council head Sahibzada Hamid Raza had made it clear to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan that he would straightaway withdraw his party’s support to the planned Islamabad protest if any banned religious party – including Jamaatud Dawa or proscribed Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) participated in the protest.

A clear rift has emerged among the parties participating in ‘Shutdown Islamabad’ campaign as Sheikh Rashid, said he was not sure whether banned outfits would attend the protest or not.
PT leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi contradicted Sheikh Rashid’s claim and said they had neither invited any religious party of Difa-e-Pakistan Council nor would they do in coming days. “Sheikh Rashid has his own party. Maybe he is inviting them for his party’s function. However, PTI would not invite any religious party from Difa-e-Pakistan Council,” he said.
Hamid told The News that after a meeting with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, his party had decided to participate in the PTI protest and would bring 35,000 to 40,000 participants from Faisalabad only.
“Everyone is well aware of our party’s street power and we will not only bring our workers from Faisalabad but from Gujranwala, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin and other districts as well. However, if the government stopped our workers then we would bring 3,000 to 4,000 workers with us, with the remaining staging sit-ins in the respective districts.”
“But if PTI brings other religious parties whose leaders’ names are in the Fourth Schedule then we would withdraw our support,” commented Hamid.
He said his father spent his whole life against the religious parties supporting Taliban and Al-Qaeda. “If these parties, against whom his deceased father fought the whole life, participate in the same forum then how could Sunni Ittehad Council be part of this alliance?”
When asked about the media perception that all the political parties known for their close links with the establishment have joined their hands, he said the government should expose him or his party, if there was any such thing.
“The government has all resources and Intelligence Bureau has become a B team of the civilian government. If I have any contacts with the establishment then the government should bring out the facts. I will not only resign from my party leadership but will accept any decision of the government against me,” Hamid claimed.
To a question how all of a sudden his party has decided to support Imran Khan in his anti-government campaign when neither he nor his party ever spoke a single word against the current government’s corruption, he said they had always done so.
He said his late father quit the PML-N on the basis of differences due to corruption of the PMLN government. He said that corruption was also one of the 12-points presented to Shahbaz Sharif. However, the PML-N leadership never took it seriously, Hamid said.
He said his party would never support imposition of martial law in the country and never wanted army’s interference.” All his party want is accountability and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign as he has been accused of corruption.”

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