ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army will not take any action against the Haqqani network as being demanded by the US, Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) head Maulana Samiul Haq said.
He stated this while addressing a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump’s criticism on Pakistan. He said, “It is not possible that Pakistan will carry out any operation against the Haqqanis.”
Lashing out at the US president, he revealed that those he was linked with were fighting against American troops in Afghanistan.
On Monday, Trump accused Pakistan of allegedly providing shelter to “the same organisations that try every single day to kill our people”, despite receiving huge aid.
Urging every section of society to take part in ‘jihad’ to defeat the West, Maulana Samiul Haq said: “We are fighting the US troops in Afghanistan and those who cannot take part physically are standing against it with their words and pens”.
He highlighted that the West was presenting the jihad as terrorism and there is a need to preach jihad from every mosque in order to prepare youth mentally.
Lambasting recent US policy on South Asia, he accused America of holding Pakistan responsible of wrongdoings being committed by Afghan government on directions of CIA and India’s intelligence to killing civilians and security troops in Pakistan.
Responding to a question regarding attacks in Pakistan by local groups, Samiul Haq claimed that no Pakistani was behind the killing of people.
He also called for hanging Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav and other such elements at once.
He urged Pakistani leader to follow the pattern adopted by North Korea and Iran, besides appreciating China’s quick response in support of Pakistan.
Samiul Haq and other speakers at the press conference said that parliament should lodge a protest against Trump criticism. They also accused Pakistan of following a failed foreign policy.
Other leader including Jamaatud Dawa, veteran jihadi leader Fazalur Rehman Khalil and PML-Zia MNA Ijazul Haq, the Maulana spoke on the occasion and disagreed with ISPR’s recent breifing.
“It is not possible that Pakistan will conduct any operation against the Haqqanis,” Dawn News quoted the JUI-S chief as saying. He also slammed former president General Pervez Musharraf for indulging n US war “for money”.
However, he did not respond to a question about funding to all jihadi groups in the past by the US.