14 sit-in demonstrations held against Shias' mass killings
14 January, 2013
KARACHI: At least 14 sit-in demonstrations were held in different parts of the metropolis in which thousand of citizens participated to express solidarity with the bereaved families of Quetta bomb blast victims.
The Shia leaders vowed to continue protest till the government accepts the legal demands. The protesters staged sit-in at five points in Karachi on Saturday, but due to apathy of the government the number of protest demonstration increased to 14 on Sunday.
Thousands of women, children, youths and elderly Shia community gathered at Numaish Chowrangi, Shahrah-e-Pakistan, Super Highway, Rizvia Society, Nazimabad Chowrangi, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Malir, Abbas Town, Shah Faisal Colony, Orangi Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Natha Khan, National Highway, Northern Bypass, in front of President of Pakistan House in Clifton and other areas of the city.
The main sit-in, under the supervision of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and other Shiite organisations, was observed at main Naumaish Chowrangi. The sit-in was led by MWM central leader Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi.
Addressing the protesters, Taqvi said that the government had failed to provide security to the life and property of people. "The sit-in of the Shiite community will continue till our demands are met", he continued. The protesters claimed they had a 3-point agenda that include handing over the Balochistan Province under Army rule, dismissing its Chief Minister Aslam Raisani and imposing governor rule in the province.
Leaders of various political organisations, including MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar, Wasay Jalil, Jamat-e-Islami Leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnti, Ghinwa Bhutto, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Karachi President Arif Alvi, participated in the sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi and expressed their views.
APML Cheif General (retd) Pervez Musharruf also delivered telephonic speech on the occasion. He demanded of the government to immediately remove the government of Balochistan.
Musharraf strongly condemned the twin blasts in Quetta. He said that the Balochistan issue should be resolved at any cost, either by imposing governor rule or calling Frontier Constabulary there. JI leader Mohammad Hussain Mehanti demanded resignation from federal and provincial government over ongoing lawlessness in Quetta, Swat and Karachi.
PMLF leader Imtiaz Shaikh said that Balochistan government had fallen in the grip of a handful of terrorists.
Ghinwa Bhutto said that those who were involved in spreading terrorism in the name of Islam were not only the enemy of any specific sect, but the enemy of whole nation.
The protesters also managed to gather outside Bilawal House Chowrangi, where they also staged a sit-in protest, compelling authorities to suspend the mobile phone service in Clifton and Defence. Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was inside the Bilawal House. The main and link roads heading towards Bilwal House were also closed for traffic.