Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi, Chief of Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan has demanded of Prime Minister Nawaz to facilitate the Pakistani Shia pilgrims who are stuck up at Taftan, town on border with Iran near Mir Javeh and also in Quetta, capital city of Balochistan province.
On his directive, Allama Arif Wahidi, secretary general of his party, has written a letter to the Prime Minister and copies were also forwarded to federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
Allama Naqi-led TJP and Shia Ulema Council have asked the Prime Minister to provide all needed help and facilities to the Shia pilgrims who go to Iran and via Iran to Iraq for pilgrimage of holy shrines of infallible Imams (peace be upon them) and Imam Zadegan (AS).
He said that pilgrims suffer from multiple problems while they travel by road. He said that Shia pilgrims are stuck up either at Quetta or at Taftan for security reasons. He said that government needs to provide all required facilities to them for their safe passage and safe accommodation on their departure to and arrival from pilgrimage.
Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and other Shia parties also lodged similar complaints in the past but neither the PPP’s government nor the PMLN government took foolproof security measures to ensure safety of the pilgrims.
Pilgrims are compelled to stay at Taftan or Quetta by the security officials, which is an injustice. Nowadays, thousands of the Shia pilgrims are stuck up in Quetta and Taftan but the government and security officials failed to eliminate the takfiri terrorists who pose threat to their safety.