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ASWJ wants authorities to make report about Pindi incident public

11 January, 2014

RAWALPINDI: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi has demanded that all the facts regarding the Rawalpindi incident must be made public and the culprits should be brought to justice at all costs.

Addressing a Paighambar-e-Islam conference, the religious leader said that the investigation committee had not made the report public despite a lapse of two months.

The religious cleric also sought a report of the incident from the provincial government.

Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi while condemning the killing of party activists in Islamabad this month also demanded the government to take notice of the killing of their workers, warning that they would initiate a protest drive across the country for an indefinite period if the killers were not arrested.

A large number of workers from different religious parties participated in the conference and shouted slogans against target killing of their colleagues, workers and supporters. They were of the view that the government on one side was asking for their cooperation for the restoration of peace, while on the other hand their workers are being targeted.

The party leaders and workers lashed out at the federal and provincial governments for failing to provide protection to party leaders and activists in Islamabad.

They appealed to the government to arrest the killers of AWWJ workers in the capital and those of innocent seminary students killed in Rawalpindi on Ashura.

Religious clerics addressing the conference said the government was doing nothing to curb target killing of ASWJ activists in the country, including in the capital, while the killers of Maulana Muavia and seminary students were also still at large.

Leaders of the ASWJ said that more than 300 activists of the party had been killed during the last year, but the government neither arrested any killer nor compensated the victims' families.

They said that the ASWJ always practiced patience despite the killing of several of its men, but it could lose its patience if the government did not fulfil the party's demands.

Extra contingents of law enforcers, including Rangers and police, were deployed at the sit-in site in Rawalpindi to avoid any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, traders of Madina Market, Raja Bazaar, and clerics of Taleemul Quran seminary have decided to jointly press the government for the speedy construction of the mosque and the market complex which were torched during sectarian violence on November 15. Previously, the traders and clerics had a disagreement over the reconstruction of the complex.

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