Jamaat-ud-Dawah supporters on Tuesday held rallies in different parts of Pakistan to protest against Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s statement against the outlawed group’s chief Hafiz Saeed and demanded his resignation.
The major demonstration was held at JuD headquarters in Chauburhi Lahore in which a large number of JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat activists participated.
Holding banners and placards inscribed with ‘Hafiz Saeed Pakistan’s Defender - Mian-Modi friendship - unacceptable’ they demanded immediate release of Saeed and resignation of Asif.
Addressing the demonstration in Lahore, JuD leader Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki threatened to hold a ‘long march’ towards Islamabad if Saeed was not released.
He said the controversial statements of some ministers against Saeed and Jud are part of a ‘well-designed agenda’.
Asif had told the audience at the Munich Security Conference last Sunday that “Saeed can pose a serious threat to society.” He had said Saeed has been placed under house arrest in the countrys “larger interest”.
Other demonstrations were held in Islamabad, Faislabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Bahawalnagar, Quetta, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad and Kotli.