Karachi-based Shia Muslims stage sit-in at five points in Karachi on Saturday to express solidarity with the martyrs of Quetta and those who are staging sit-in against massacre of Alamdar Road.
â€œOur sit-in will be continued till our legitimate demands are met,â€ vowed Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, secretary general of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Karachi chapter speaking at the main sit-in around Numaish Chowrangi M A Jinnah Road on Saturday night. He said the protestors demand dismissal of Balochistan government and army control over Balochistan mainly Quetta.
He said that a countrywide protest began on Saturday on an appeal of MWMâ€™s chief Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri who asked all Shiites to come out of houses and lodge protest against the genocide of Shiites in Quetta.
Thousands of women, children, youths and elderly Shia Muslims have gathered at Numaish Chowrangi, Shahrah-e-Pakistan super highway, Rizvia Society Nazimabad Chowrangi, Singer Chowrangi Korangi and national highway at Malir.
MWM Chief Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri also spoke Karachi’s sitters-in and thanked them for their all out support to his call for sits-in and rallies to mark solidarity with the protestors of Quetta Alamdar Road.
It is relevant to add here that Shia Ulema Council too has joined the sit-in and they led the protest at national highway where Maulana Nazir Abbas Taqvi and Maulana Jafar Subhani spoke. At other places, MWM led the sits-in. However, all Shiites irrespective of their organizational affiliations participated in the protest.
The protestors at these sits-in were raising slogans of Labbaik Ya Hussain (AS) and Labbaik Ya Mahdi (AS). They condemned the Shia genocide in all over Pakistan and also denounced the Balochistan government for their failure to protect Shiitesâ€™ lives.
â€œIt is unfair that the judiciary take immediate suo motu notice of one Shahzaib and turn a deaf ear to the calls for taking notice of those hundreds of Shahzaib who have been massacred in Quetta, said senior scholar and MWMâ€™s central leader Allama Shaikh Hassan Salahuddin speaking at the sit-in.
Those others who spoke at the sits-in included: Maulana Mohammad Hussain Karimi, Maulana Aqeel Moosa, Maulana Munawar Naqvi, Maulana Ali Afzal Rizvi and Maulana Ali Anwar Jafri of the MWM and Mohammad Abidi of the Imamia Students Organisation.
They condemned the pogrom of Shia Pakistanis and demanded of all the relevant quarters to play their positive and effective role to stop pogrom of Shiites in Pakistan. They condemned the callousness of the relevant institutions and individuals for ignoring the countrywide peaceful protest of Pakistani Shiites. They also condemned the focus of Pakistanâ€™s polity on long march instead of sit-in of the oppressed and bereaved Shiites who mourn the Alamdar Road massacre in which around 85 people were martyred.