MMA procession marks third stage of mass contact campaign
LAHORE: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) launched a peaceful procession from Lahore to Sahiwal as its mass contact campaign entered its third phase on Wednesday.
Qazi Hussain Ahmad, MMA president, addressed supporters before the procession left Mansoorah. “The US has created chaos and unrest all over the world by mercilessly killing Muslims and desecrating their holy places,” he said. “By flushing down copies of the Quran in gutters, the US troops mentally tortured Muslim prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and angered Muslims all over the world. Gen Pervez Musharraf, who is busy hunting Muslims to hand them over to the US, is solely responsible for the act,” he said.
Qazi said that the MMA procession was a continuation of the Muslim procession under the leadership of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). “The ummah will continue the Prophet’s mission to make Islam prevail over all other religions and establish justice and peace in the world.” The MMA president said that the US cartoon depicting Pakistan as a dog had humiliated all of the ummah.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MMA secretary general and leader of the opposition, said that the MMA provided a platform to unify not just Pakistan but the whole of the Muslim world. He said that the alliance was the voice of 150 million people. “The infidel leaders of the USA attack the freedom of Muslims. The situation has reached the point where they desecrate our Quran and humiliate the ummah,” he said.
He said that the MMA would contact foreign Muslim groups to stage a worldwide protest against the US and its foreign policy. He said the US had sparked off another issue by inciting women to lead prayers. “The women were allowed to lead prayers inside a church when they could not in mosques.”
Liaqat Baloch, Pir Ijaz Hashmi, Dr Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, Abdul Jalil Naqvi, Maulana Amjad Khan, Hafiz Riaz Durrani, Qari Gul Rehman and Rasheed Ludhianvi were also present.
The procession reached Sahiwal on Wednesday night after passing through Bhai Pheru, Pattoki, Renala Khurd and Yusufwala.