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Monday, February 18, 2013
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LAHORE

 

Leaders of the Majlis-e Wahdat-e Muslimeen (MWM) Punjab and Imamia Student Organization (ISO) have said that the enemies want to weaken the country to fulfill their designs by promoting sectarian hatred.

 

A large number of people, belonging to the MWM Punjab and ISO on Sunday staged a sit-in on The Mall in front of the Governor’s House against the spate of killings of Hazara community in Quetta as over 80 people were killed and nearly 150 injured in a fresh attack.

 

According to a press release issued by the MWM, the protest started in the afternoon in which a large number of people of Shia community, including women and children, participated. The protest later tuned into sit-in and protesters announced that this would not end until demands of Hazara community were met.

 

MWM Central President Allama Abuzar Mehdvi, Allama Syed Mubarik Musvi, Allama Imtiaz Kazmi, Haider Ali Mirza and ISO Lahore Division President Abid Hussain and others participated in sit-in.

 

MWM spokesman Mazahir Shigri said the enemies of the country were butchering Hazara community to achieve their designs. He was of the view that the MWM would strongly resist any such agenda of the enemy to protect the land and its people. He said their sit-in started on the call of the high command of party and would conclude on its orders. He said MWM demanded the government consider all demands of Hazara community and provide them with security. ISO Lahore office-bearer Zain Abidi said incident of killings of Hazara community was tragic and demanded the strongest condemnation. He said the terrorists behind such activities had nothing to do with the religion or country as they were the enemy of both. Sahibzada Fazal Karim of the Sunni Itehad Council while condemning continues butchering of Hazara community said that all Sunni brothers were with the Shia and supported their sit-in. He said Sunni and Shia had no clash between them and enemy of the country wanted to create hostility among different sects. PTI central leader Ijaz Ch said the PTI fully supported the MWM sit-in and expressed grief over the sad incident. “These repeated barbarian attacks on Hazara people proved that the provincial government and federal government had failed completely in protecting people,” he said.

 

Protest: A protest was held at Liberty roundabout on Sunday to condemn the killings of Hazara community in Balochistan in Balochistan and murder of Shahzeb in Karachi. The protestors urged the government and courts to punish the culprits as soon as possible as all of them were behind bars and challan was in the court but justice was being delayed. The president of the NGO which organized the protest, Abdullah Malik, said that all the citizens were equal before the law and no one had right to interfere in other affairs its the duty of state and govt to safeguard of all citizens.

 

Mourning: The Punjab government has announced mourning killings of innocent people in the Quetta bomb blast. According to an announcement by the Punjab government, the national flag will remain half mast at all govt buildings in the province on February 18.