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January 10, 2012

JI threatens to stage demo outside police head office

Business

January 10, 2012

The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) said on Monday it would stage a demonstration in front of the police head office against the illegal disappearances of the citizens at all costs, advising the government not to create any hurdles in their way.
JI Karachi chapter Amir Muhammad Hussain Mehanti says his party has already finalised arrangements for the sit-in outside the police head office on Friday to condemn the unconstitutional acts of the intelligence agencies to kidnap citizens. He said that his party had also kicked off a campaign to ensure huge participation of the civil society in the protest, adding they had widely distributed handbills and displayed banners in the city.
Mehanti said that the JI had time and again contacted the law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) to seek their cooperation regarding production of the kidnapped activists before the court of law; however, the authorities failed to provide any relief to the parents of the missing persons. He said that the situation had left the JI with no other option except to take to the streets. The JI would stage a sit-in protest in front of the police head office on January 13 in a peaceful manner which was their democratic right.
“The JI is a peace-loving democratic political party and its operations are within the parameters of law of the country. JI has always opposed extra-judicial and extra-constitutional measures but has become a victim of extra-judicial and extra-constitutional acts of the intelligence agencies,” Mehanti said.
He said that holding protest demonstrations was democratic rights of the citizens especially when the government failed to address their problems. Kidnapping of the civilians at gunpoint and detaining them for an unspecified time and without notice to the court was the authoritative act of the law-enforcement agencies against which protest was the only available option.
He said that the issue of missing persons was not only linked to the JI but it was a national issue

also.He urged the civil society to show solidarity against the unconstitutional acts and operations of the intelligence agencies in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the JI on Monday dispatched six trucks of relief goods to different districts of Sindh. The relief goods included warm clothing, blankets, quilts and mattresses. They would be distributed in different areas of Thatta, Mithi, Sanghar, Jamshoro, Jhaddo and Saeedabad. Mehanti, Al Khidmat Secretary Engineer Abdul Aziz, JI Secretary Information Sarfaraz Ahmed and Maulana Qasim Rasheed were present.

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