RAWALPINDI: Leaders of the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) would hold sit-in in the federal capital today, come what may. Addressing a press conference Sunday, they demanded the resignation of Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar for allowing Nato supplies to Afghanistan through the country’s airspace.

The council also announced that it would contact the Supreme Court against the government’s ban on the entry of Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat chief Ahmed Ludhianvi and Khadim Hussain Dhaloon to the federal capital.

Addressing the press conference, DPC chairman Maulana Samiul Haq said the provincial government was also silent over the issue of the US resolution on Balochistan, adding the whole nation supported the DPC, which condemned the resolution.

He said the US wanted to occupy Balochistan so that it could create unrest in the region, adding America was silent on the Kashmir issue. He appealed to traders, lawyers, students, Ulema and residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to attend the public gathering. He said drone attacks should be stopped immediately, adding Nato supplies should not be restored at any cost.

He said the DPC would hold an APC in Quetta on February 27, adding: “We will go in Balochistan and will consult the regional parties over the problems of the province”.He said whichever negotiations were held with Afghan President Hamid Karazai were reported on CNN, BBC and other media.

Hafiz Saeed said the matter of restriction on him by the federal government would be taken to the Supreme Court, adding: “We do not want to have a clash with the government. If the court allows me and Ahmed Ludhianvi, we will be present in the gathering”.

Ahmed Ludhianvi said: “The government in the past could not put hurdles in our way. If anyone tries to put permanent hurdles in our way, we will break these hurdles permanently to work for the defence of the country”.

Ijazul Haq said the meeting discussed the restrictions on the leaders of the DPC. Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Lt Gen Hamid Gul, Allama Ibtasam Elahi Zaheer and other leaders of DPC were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi and Khadim Hussain Dhaloon in case they violated a ban on their entry into Islamabad. Sources said the interior minister gave the instructions to the Islamabad IGP in this regard.