Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Lal Masjid on Monday said it could extend support to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for its planned Islamabad lockdown.

“The government has crossed its limits in its enmity with Islam and the country,” said Hafiz Ehtesham, a spokesperson for the foundation, adding that the foundation’s central executive council would meet in the coming days to make a formal decision in regard to joining the PTI protest on November 2.

The move was indicated in a release by the Shuhada Foundation, which handles all of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Aziz’s interactions with the media.

“The Nawaz government is hatching conspiracies against the country’s security and threatening national security institutions. Time is ripe to get rid of the Nawaz government,” he added.

Claiming that the government was actively taking action against religious parties to appease the US and India, the spokesperson further revealed that the foundation was discussing extending “conditional support” to the PTI.

Ehtesham claimed the government was ‘conspiring’ against mosques and religious seminaries, leaving the Lal Masjid almost no option but to support the anti-government protest. “Thousands of Shuhada Foundation activists will be part of PTI’s protest if we formally announce support,” the spokesperson said.

The Shuhada Foundation comprises of the relatives of those who were killed during clashes with the security forces in 2007.

Earlier, Difa-e-Pakistan Council – an alliance of various religious and political groups such as Jamaatud Dawa and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat –  had announced to meet in Islamabad to discuss their support for PTI’s plan to seal Islamabad.