KARACHI, April 11: The Vice President of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and Amir of Jamaat-i-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, has said that we have left with no option but to put up stiff resistance to stop the United States advances.

Addressing a public rally at Banaras Chowk on Friday against the occupation of Iraq through an imposed and illegitimate war, the MMA leader said: “If we failed to restrict the US forces to Afghanistan and Iraq, the next target may be our country.”

He advised Gen Pervez Musharraf to alienate the country from the US, its allies and their terrorists and said that the government should get all the US bases in Pakistan vacated. Otherwise, he warned, the public outrage and hatred might take the ultimate turn towards the ruling clique. Qazi Saheb told the rally that the people of Pakistan should now prepare to greet Islamic revolution. He blamed dictators and autocrats for the disunity of the Ummah. “No power on earth may have defeated Muslims if the people like dictators were not there in the Ummah,” he opined.

He paid glowing tributes to suppressed people of Iraq for braving the might of the US-led allied forces and regretted that leaders of over 1.5 billion Muslims in Islamic states, spread over a quarter of the entire earth and having plenty of resources, did not even move while masses in all these states were eager to thwart the allied forces’ designs.

“Which crime could be bigger than surrendering aspirations of 140 million people of a nuclear-capable state on just one telephone call at midnight ... and deciding to join hands with the US in its war against our brothers in Afghanistan ... and proclaiming that we have saved Pakistan by deciding to side with the US?” he questioned.

Qazi Saheb pointed out that although Islamabad remained fully loyal to Washington, the latter has started sending threats by levelling allegations of nuclear cooperation with North Korea.

He observed that the enemy adhered to no principle. It has always relied on the use of brute force and the materialistic power. As such, he added, it as right of hundreds of thousands of Muslims willing to wage a Jihad, to exercise every type of weapons against the enemy.

Referring to the political situation obtaining in Pakistan, he said although a new parliament had come into being and the Constitution restored, Gen Pervez Musharraf appeared unwilling to give up his uniform and the COAS post. He pointed out that the three-year period, given to him by the Supreme Court, had also lapsed.

“We will not accept his dictatorship if he did not concede supremacy of parliament and the Constitution,” he declared and warned that the million marches would be turned towards Gen Musharraf in order to pave the way for an Islamic revolution.

His speeches was repeatedly interrupted by slogans: ‘friends of America — traitors of nation’ and ‘Revolution, revolution — Islamic revolution’.

Earlier, the JI leaders, Shaikh Rafique Ahmad, Noor Muhammad Lakhani and Hameedullah delivered their speeches at the rally.

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