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Domestic Political

Islam, 16 December, p net

Pakistan: Clerics, Political Leaders Active for Defense Conference in Lahore

Report by news reporter: "Preparations for "Pakistan Defense Conference" Enter in Final Stage"
-- All Words Within Double Quotation Marks, As Published.

Lahore, Hyderabad -- Preparations regarding "Pakistan Defense Conference" going to be held

under the aegis of Pakistan Defense Council has entered into the final stage. Maulana Samiul
Haq, Gen [ret] Hamid Gul, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and other leaders have reached Lahore in this
connection, while Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Pir Saifullah Khalid, Abdur
Rahman Maki, Makhdum Asim, Amir Hamza and other center leaders visited Minar-e-Pakistan
[monument built in memory of Pakistan Resolution, 23 March 1940] Ground and discussed
preparation issues. They also issued special instructions to the workers engaged in the
preparations of the ground for the rally.

On the other hand, a full publicity campaign from the religious and political parties is underway
in the city. Thousands of posters, banners, hoardings, and signboards have been displayed in
mosques, seminaries, streets, roads, squares and main highways. The people from seminaries,
students of schools, colleges and the universities, lawyers, traders and other people from other
fields of life are excited regarding their participation in Pakistan Defense Conference.

Moreover, a high-level delegation of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan [JUP] has met Maulana Samiul

Haq, chief of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Samiul Haq Group [JUI-S] and chairman Pakistan
Defense Council, and exchanged views over the international and external situation of the

Led by Sahibzada Abul Khair Zubair, chief of the JUP, this 20-member delegation also included
Maulana Muhammad Awais Naurani son of Maulana Shah Ahmad Naurani late, Maulana Qari
Zawar Bahadhur, secretary general of the JUP, and others.

The delegation announced to participate in the conference to be arranged by Pakistan Defense

Council in Lahore on 18 December.

Sahibzada Abul Khair also announced to extend full cooperation and support in the struggle of
Maulana Samiul Haq launched for the defense of Pakistan.