Pakistan News /Long March Against Nato Supply > Diafa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) Sunday kicked off their “long march” to protest over the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
Thousands of people joined a convoy of buses, trucks and cars, many carrying the black and white striped flags of the DPC, on the 275-kilometre (170-mile) journey from Lahore to Islamabad.
Pakistan reopened overland routes to NATO convoys on Tuesday after closing them in protest at a US air raid that martyred 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
“Some 25,000 people have joined us at the start of (the) long march and many more would join on the way, while we have 3,000 people with us who are performing security duties,” Police, however, estimated up to 8,000 people were taking part.
“This is the beginning of our struggle. We want the USA to not only leave Afghanistan, but Pakistan also,” DPC chairman Maulana Samiul Haq said at a rally before the convoy set off.
“This movement will continue till the government severs all contacts with United States and NATO,” Haq said.