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- Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - From Print Edition




Like other parts of the country, the Shia Community while protesting against Karachi killings have demanded army operation in Karachi and Balochistan for ending terrorist incidents.


To express their resentment and anger over the Karachi incident, the people on the call of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee on Monday staged a protest at Liaquat Bagh Road and later in front of Rawalpindi Press Club. The protest procession taken out from Liaquat Bagh was led by Javed Ali Shah Naqvi, President Shia Action Committee (Punjab), General Secretary Mazhar Ali and Allama Ashfaq Alvi of Shia Ulema Council.


Carrying banners and placards, the angry leaders of the Shia Action Committee blocked the road at Liaquat Bagh creating traffic suspension on both sides of the road for over an hour. Chanting slogans against the federal and the Punjab governments, the protestors staged a sit-in as a mark of protest.


As the processions reached at Rawalpindi Press Club where Javed Ali Shah, Mazhar Ali, Faisal Butt and Abid Sherazi addressed the protestors. Javed Ali Shah held the Punjab government and banned outfits responsible for target killings of Shia brethren in Karachi on Sunday night. The federal government has totally failed to restore law and order situation in Karachi as well as Balochistan, he added. “Every now and then incidents of terrorism are occurring in the country and people of the Shia community are being killed. However, not a single person is arrested,” he said.


He cited examples of terrorism occurred in Dhoke Syedan, killing of Hazaras and the recent incident in Karachi. The third force belonging to banned outfits in connivance with the Punjab government is playing with the lives of the Shia sect. Through such terrorist acts, the third force is further disrupting law and order situation and creating differences between two communities in the country. No security is being provided to Shia sect while all type of protection is being provided to ministers and politicians. As the government and law enforcing agencies have totally failed to curb terrorism in Sindh and Balochistan, their charges should be handed over now to army, which is the only force to end violence and bring normalcy back in both the provinces.


Mazhar Ali Shah said that for improvement of law and order situation and restoration of normalcy, all groups of Shia sect are united at one platform. “We would not remain silent till protection of Shia brethren. If the government fails to carry out army operation in Karachi and Balochistan, then a strategy would be evolved by All Pakistan Shia Action Committee to deal with such issues. In this connection, the committee members would hold a meeting for taking future line of action,” he added.


The protesters also burnt tyres to express their resentment over the killings in Karachi. Motorists faced great hardships in moving along the Benazir Bhutto Road i.e. from Mareer Chowk to Committee Chowk and from Committee Chowk to Saddar as well as other areas.