PTI wants commission to probe Zahra's murder
21 May, 2013
KARACHI: Supporters and activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday staged a protest demonstration outside Mazar-e-Quaid against assassination of Zahra Shahid Hussian and demanded formation of judicial commission to probe her murder.
A large number of supporters including women and children also took part in the protest. They were holding party flags and wearing armbands to condemn the killing of party leader.
Aleema Khan, sister of PTI chief Imran Khan, also came to attend the protest, however owing to security reasons she was not allowed to participate, hence she left the spot after offering prayers at Mazar-e-Quaid.
Talking to media, she said the peaceful protests strengthen power of the democracy. "Assassination of Zahra Shahid Hussain was a big loss for the country and PTI, who played a vital role for the party throughout her life," she said.
PTI's Arif Alvi, while addressing the demonstration, said the MQM had been weakened from within and PTI had succeeded to receive citizens' support.
"The re-election on 43 polling stations of NA-250 was a decision of ECP, but the PTI's demand is to conduct re-polling in all constituencies of Karachi." Alvi was of the view that the mandate of the city had been stolen and warned that PTI would not compromise on it.
Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, asserted that despite threatening calls from MQM Chief Altaf Hussain to disintegrate Pakistan, his own party had now been shattered. "People of Karachi have shown their complete frustration and indifferences towards MQM on the election day," he added. He announced that JI, under leadership of Munawar Hassan and PTI Chief Imran Khan, would jointly struggle for the restoration peace in the metropolis.
President Insaf Student Federation (ISF) Alamgir Mehsood said, "PTI has staged a number of demonstrations from day one, but none of its workers resorted to any hooliganism."
Other PTI speakers, including Imran Ismail, Firdous Naqvi, Subhan Ali Sahil, Raja Azhar, Jamaal Siddique and Dawa Khan Sabir said they would continue holding demonstrations till the killers of Zahra Shahid were apprehended.
They demanded formation of judicial commission to investigate the case.
On the occasion, protesters also paid tribute to the slain leader.
PTI leaders announced to hold sit-in protest in front of the provincial election commission office on Tuesday (today) at 6pm.
Meanwhile, huge traffic jams were witnessed on MA Jinnah Road and adjacent roads due to the PTI protest. Police had closed the road for traffic since the afternoon, however the protest began late evening. The security measures created gridlocks on alternate routes including Shahrah-e-Faisal, II Chundrigar Road and Aiwan-e-Saddar Road.