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Difa-e-Pakistan Council will support PML-N in general election?

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PML-N’s president and the chief minister of Pakistan’s most populous province Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif once proudly claimed that PML-N and Taliban share same ideological background. He publicly requested the Taliban to stop targeting the Punjab province and support anti-West provincial government.

The PML-N is well known for having soft corner towards nurseries of terrorists in Punjab and the chief minister of Punjab has allocated funds of Rs 86 million to the banned militant organization of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), formerly known as Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT).

Imbibed with General Zia’s thinking, PML-N is not capable or willing to understand the true nature and challenge of extremism. It is a fact that in the Punjab, urban conservative bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie community are the main supporters and voters of PML N and sympathizer of right-wing extremist organizations. This poses a serious threat to the prosperous and bright future of the country.

The way Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has organised three large rallies in Punjab alone and was facilitated by Punjab govt to hold its jalsa pretty much shows its support to banned groups. In these gatherings, rules issued by the district administration were openly violated.

The PMLN government in Punjab is not only protecting banned terrorist organizations, but is also gearing up for electoral alliances with Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ)/Sipah-e-Sahaba (a Deobandi terrorist organization), which was officially banned in 2001, though still active in spreading terror under the patronage of the Punjab government. There are reports that the Sharif brothers have promised senatorship to Maulana Ludhianvi of SSP-ASWJ.

Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi led a grand rally in Jhang with the help of PML-N’s Punjab government, in by-election Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, campaigned for by-election in Jhang district together with Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi. And PML-N forged an alliance with a terrorist Mullah Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid in Rawalpindi election, and terrorists of Lal Masjid played a main role for Shakil Awan’s victory.

PML(N) is the supporter of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (SSP-ASWJ), a banned terrorist organization:

The future election strategy of PML-N in Punjab and its alliance with banned terrorist group is a worrisome development. However, this is not the first time that PML-N has established alliances with terrorist organisations.

The report published on February 25th, 2012; by The Express Tribune, provides some concrete evidence to the scepticism.

MULTAN: Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) announced their support for Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in the by-elections being held in Punjab. Ashfaq Ahmed, Provincial Secretary General of ASWJ, said PML-N deserved their support in the by-elections as opposition candidates were allegedly being supported by the government. He added that the decision had been taken by our president Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhiawani.

“Our workers have already been supporting the political campaign of PML-N and this is just an official announcement to encourage the victory of PML-N in Punjab,” Ahmed said.

Difa-e-Pakistan Council is a new Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) style ISI sponsored alliance of over 40 religious extremist and banned organizations against the liberal and moderate Pakistan Peoples Party. Here is a brief introduction of it’s main leadership and unholy nexus with PML-N and Punjab govt:

Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul the Former Chief I.S.I. formed the IJI a conglomerate of nine mainly rightist parties headed by Mian Nawaz Sharif.

The two main political parties of the ISI funded IJI; the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N).

Mian Nawaz Sharif’s old but still ideological darlings: Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Ijaz-ul-Haq.

A terrorist-based strategic weapon of the PML-N Malik Ishaq, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), received monthly stipend from Punjab govt

Malik Ishaq being received in his hometown - Thanks to PML-N & Punjab Government.

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  • pml-n and the people of punjab just do not realize that they are sleeping with the enemy. The taliban, the ssp, jud, and all those extremist parties are the ideological children of zia ul haq.
    The DPC will become the next IJI with PML-N and PTI joining them in the hatred of ppp

  • The cat of Sharifs’ ideological opportunism has yet again come out of the electoral bag, if it was ever inside it. Since the formation of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the late 1960’s, electoral politics have always been more or less a pitched battle between the secular minded, Left-leaning or Left-of-Centre parties on the one side versus the forces of Rightist politics or ultra Right on the other – the latter having lately injected fatal doses of religious extremism and militancy in our body politic.

    The formation of PNA (1977), IJI (1988) and now DPC (2012) are a case in point and their respective constituents – PTI being the latest addition to this league – have been links and remnants of the same chain. Their names and faces have been changing over the years but their agenda remains the same, i.e. to obliterate by hook or by crook any leader, worker or sympathizer who pursues and continues the politics of what is now popularly known as Bhuttoism.

    In so doing, the opponents of the PPP have gone to the extent of resorting to any means even if it’s extra-, supra- or blatantly unconstitutional or plainly unlawful or illegal. In short, whatever it takes to achieve their objective – whether, it’s judicial murder, broad day-light assassinations, sophisticated suicide attacks, torture, lashes, solitary confinement, McCarthyism, gerrymandering, skullduggery, character assassination, fake cases, spin, innuendo, media trials or whatever you have, et al.

    This being a matter of history and known recent past – with most of it being valid even for the present time, the fact that a civilian Mr. Asif Ali Zardari is still the President of Pakistan since Sept 2008, may be something of a wonder to many but to me, it’s more a tribute to his astute and very shrewd policy of reconciliatory politics in line with Benazir Bhutto’s vision.

    Far from being revengeful, he is drawing new battle lines for the coming elections mixing his peculiar realpolitik with common sense and pragmatism. It remains to be seen whether the opposition will accept the election results in case of a PPP win unlike what happened in the 1977.