Families observe hunger strike for release of Shia missing persons in Karachi near mausoleum of founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Elders, youth, children registered protest against enforced disappearance of Shia Muslims. They termed enforced disappearance unjustifiable and uncalled for.
Families observe hunger strike for release of Shia missing persons
At the end of their token hunger strike, leaders of Joint Action Committee for Shia Missing Persons spoke.
They included: Maulana Haider Abbas Abidi, Maulana Aqeel Moosa, Maulana Kazim Abbas Naqvi, Maulana Sadiq Jafari and Allama Mubashir Hassan.
They condemned illegal detention and vowed to continue protest until release of victims of enforced disappearance.
Furthermore, they said Pakistani Shia Muslims believe in rule of law while law of Pakistan recognizes freedom and other fundamental human rights of all Pakistanis.
Hence, Shia Muslims support rule of law and under that demand immediate release of missing Shias.
Joint Action Committee for Shia Missing Persons
The affected families, Shia Islamic parties, scholar, notables and other community leaders have been running a joint campaign to seek justice.
Under that campaign, the families of Shia missing persons had staged sit-in outside Karachi residence of President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi, that enjoys official status of Presidential camp office.
Affected families had held sit-in outside Multan residence of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Besides, they had also held countless protest rallies and demonstrations across Pakistan.
Tens of thousands of supporters of the affected families of missing persons participated in their protests.
Missing persons in Pakistan is also used as a term for those subjected to enforced disappearance.
Elderly grandmothers, children, women, youths, all-age- group-people are protesting and the rest of the community and supporters are expressing solidarity with them.