The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Urdu: دفاع پاکستان کونسل) (DPC) (lit. Defence of Pakistan Council) is an umbrella coalition of more than 40 Pakistani Political and Religious parties that advocate conservative policies such as closing NATO supply routes to Afghanistan and rejects the Pakistani government decision to grant India most-favored nation status.
Chief of Council
The council is an alliance of right-wing groups, some of which are banned. It is chaired by Maulana Samiul Haq and includes leaders of Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), operating under the name of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ). Fazlur Rehman Khalil, a founder of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and currently head of the Ansar-ul Umma, is another leading cleric in the council. According to the council's website, 36 organizations or people are part of the DPC (although only 36 are listed due to misnumbering):
- JUI-S ( Sami ul Haq ) (President)
- JUD (Hafiz Muhammad Saeed) (Vice President)
- JI (Maulana Siraj-ul-Haq) (Secratry General)
- Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi) (Joint Secraitery)
- JUP (Dr.Sahibzada Abdul Khayr Zubair, Shah Ovais Noorani)
- JUI-N (Maulana Asmatullah, Maulana A.Qadir)
- Jamiat Mashaikh Ahle Sunnah
- Muslim Conference AJK (sardar Atiq Ahmed)
- Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam (Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema)
- Mohsinan-e-Pakistan (Mr.Abdullah Gul. Rep of AQ khan)
- Pakistan Water Movement (Maulana Nasr)
- Tehreek e Ittehad (Gen.Hamid Gul)
- Muslim League Zia (Ijaaz ul Haque)
- Awami Muslim League (Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed)
- Tehreek-e-Hurmat Rasool (Maulana amir hamza)
- Sec.Gen DPC (Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh)
- Ansar ul Ummah (Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman Khalil)
- AMTKN (Maulana Ismail Shujabadi)
- Pakistan Ulema Council (Allama Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi)
- Jamhoori Watan Party – Baluchistan
- Tehreek-e-Azaadi Kashmir (Saifullah Mansoor)
- Muslim League-Sher-e-Bangal (Dr.Sualeh Zahoor)
- AMTKN-International (M.Ilyas Chinoti MPA)
- Sunni Ulema Council (Maulana M.Ashraf Tahir)
- Christian Community (Adv.Yusuf)
- Sikh Community (Sardar Shaam)
- Hindu Community Lahore (Manohar Chand)
- Hindu Community Khi (Ramesh Laal)
- Jamiat Ittehad ul Ulema – Pakistan
- Jamat Ahle-Hadith (A.Hafeez ropri)
- Jamiat Ahle-Hadith (Second.Gen Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer)
- Mutahida Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith (Naeem Badshah)
- Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam (Syed Muhammad Kafeel Bukhari)
- Jamiat Ashat Tauheed sunnah (Maulana Tayyab tahiri)
The umbrella organization was formed in November 2011 in response to the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed by American planes along the Afghan border. Pakistan closed NATO supply routes to Afghanistan after the strikes but reopened the routes in July 2012 when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized. Thousands of supporters rallied in Islamabad on July 9, 2012 in protest of the government's decision to reopen the lines. Several other organizations such as Tanzeem e Islami send delegates for debate or speech to the Difa e Pakistan Council Forums upon request as non-member guest speakers or participants in debate, or in some cases as observers.
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- Difa-e-Pakistan Council's website
- The Express Tribune – Difa-e-Pakistan Council: Ahead of 40-party rally, JuD chief parries questions on electoral ambitions
- The Express Tribune – Peshawar civil society demands ban on Difa-e-Pakistan – March 6, 2012
- Jamiat Ulema-E-Pakistan Leaves Difa E Pakistan Council – May 22, 2012
- Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (religious organization)