Askari Raza, 45, General Secretary Pasban-e-Aza, President Shia Lawyers Forum,
Prominent Shia leader, disciple of Shaheed Waqar Hussain Naqvi Advocate and close
friend of Shaheed Mukhtar Hussain Bukhari, was finally laid to rest around 9:15
am Monday morning at Wadi-e-Hussain Graveyard on Superhighyway near Karachi, amid tears and
cries. He is survived by his parents ,wife and two children.
namaz-e-janaza was offered at the Governor house this morning shortly before
the fajr prayers near the Governor House Sindh at 6:00 am Alhamdulillaah after the
administration bowed down in humiliation to the declared objective of the rally.
It was one of the most eventful days ever witnessed by the Shias of the
country. A realistic objective was stated and all participants passed the tests
of nerves bringing to knees the yazidi elements within administrative apparatus.
Askari Raza was shot martyred on Saturday morning near Nipa Chowrangi, when he
had just left his place. One of his close aides Ali Mehdi also sustained
injuries in the incident. According to eyewitness`s statement two men riding a
125 bike opened fire on him. Askari Raza was rushed to Patel Hospital
initially and then to Agha Khan but he succumbed to injuries and embraced
survived by a very resilient and steadfast family ,a glimpse of whose patience,
janaza procession participants observed as they remained the part of the 19
hour journey ,which started after Zuhrain prayers were offered at
Ancholi at around 1:30 pm on sunday braving intense weather and this great
nation pays rich tributes to the elderly parents of shaheed especially whose steadfastness
became a prime mover and an example for all other mourners to follow.
procession was scheduled to be held after Zohrain on Sunday at Shahrah-e-Pakistan
(near Ancholi) initially. Momineen already had started to converge at Ancholi block
20 in view of scheduled program of namaz-e-janaza.
But in a
surprise and a very brave move the shaheed`s family took an un-precedented
initiative after consultations with ulema karam ,and announced that until
and unless the FIR is lodged as per the desire of the family and ulema ,
the namaz-e-janaza of shaheed will not be offered . As administration
started resorting to delay tactics ulema announced with the consent of family
that, namaz-e-janaza will be offered at Governor House after the acceptance of
the stated objective.
Askari Raza was a philanthropist momin, a very visionary and resourceful person
who helped secure release of numerous shia youth falsely implicated by rogue elements
within the security apparatus on one pretext or the other. He was
especially instrumental alongside his slain colleague Shaheed Mukhtar Bukhari ,
in bringing peace to the families of many shia individuals kidnapped by yazidi
elements within the security apparatus. In a number of high profile cases , the
able representation provided by the Shaheed`s Shia Lawyers Forum ,resulted in
a lot of embarassment for senior yazidi embers
of security apparatus. One of Askari`s colleagues recalls that one yazidi member
of government security apparatus threatened shaheed with dire consequences in
presence of Honourable Justice Maqbool Baqar. Shaheed
Askari Raza was especially given life threats after the famous Muntazir Mehdi
case, the shia youth kidnapped from Shah Faisal colony. In this case yazidis
had to face a lot of embarassment and humiliation on a lot of legalities
,through the special blessings of Bibi Fatematuz Zehra S.A .Shaheed
Askari had by now become a hard pill for yazidis to swallow and they
were in want of opportunity to play a trick.
a bid of revenge the same yazidi officials, implicated Shaheed Askari in false cases to pressurise him. But shaheed
understood the conspiracy well and in a properly organized rally, in front
of media persons and journalists voluntarily offered him over for arrest
earlier in 2011. Since the air from this conspiracy balloon had
effectively been blown out by shaheed`s tactical step , he was soon
released. But he was continuously receiving threats for which he had
intimated the concerning government departments in black and white on several
under these circumstances that government refused to lodge an FIR against the
individuals nominated by the family ,one a yazidi officer of security apparatus
and another a cleric of a banned outfit. Instead ,all through these hours the
administration continued to try to convince shia ulema to instead lodge FIR
against " Unknown assailants".
was a very welcome initiative taken by the family, who put forward one point
agenda, lodging of FIR against nominated individuals. The demand went down
well with masses of momineen and ulema-e-karam who fully endorsed the stand, declaring
it realistic and achievable.
momineen continued their peaceful procession towards the governor house, momineen
from adjoining areas continued to join the procession as and when
they learnt about the incident detail. The logic behind taking procession
on foot instead of vehicular procession paid off dividends and it really
gained momentum like a "movement" as it passed through different
parts of the city. On hearing news ,momineen also came out and arranged
sabeels and distributed tabarruk on self-help and make-shift basis.
Janaza procession took pains of 19 hours started from Ancholi to Governor
House enroute Shahrahe Pakistan , Karimabad ,Liaquatabad, Teen Hatti ,Guru
Mandir ,Nomayesh , Abdullah Haroon Road and Fawwara Chowk and then
to shaheed`s final resting place at Wadi-e-Hussain enroute Shahrah-e-Faisal
,Airport, Linkroad and Superhighway ,all along shaheed`s family not only
remained with the mourners ,but also continued to motivate the mourners with
their deeply spirited statements.
It was one
of the longest Janaza processions of the country`s history time wise and
journey wise. Namaz-e-Janaza was offered on monday morning 6am after more than
ten hours of sit-in staged at the governor house.
azadaran offered maghrebain prayers at Imambargah Ali Raza around 7pm on
Sunday, where scores of thousands of momineen were present who had
joined the procession as it passed through different areas.
displayed extra ordinary vigilance and discipline and inspite of visibly
heavy presence of certain planted elements bent upon
taking advantage of any opportunity to destroy the discipline of the rally
and it turned out to be one of the most disciplined protest movements of
brief break at Imambargah Ali Raza, the procession headed for Governor House
where it reached nearly an hour later.
announced its readiness and consent to wait even five more days before
burial and stage sit in alongside mourners, till such time that the stated
objective is met.
number of Ulema karam were present and leading the event, Maulana Nazir
Abbas Taqvi, Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussain, Maulana Ali Murtaza Zaidi, Maulana
Ali Anwar, Maulana Zulfiqar, Maulana Ali Mohammad, Maulana Ali Imran Naqvi,
Maulana Baqar Abbas Zaidi, Maulana Aqeel Moosa, Maulana Shahid Raza Kashfi,
Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Maulana Haider Abbas Abdi and other ulema karam
were also present on the occasion.
Anjumans and Noha Khwan had also started to reach the place soon after
receiving the news of this brave protest journey. On this occassion
Brother Ali Safder, Brother Ali Deep,Brother Naqi ,Brother Faheem Haider
,Brother Johar Rizvi, Ustad Sibte Jaffar, Brother Hashim ,Brother Shuja Rizvi
,Anjuman-e-Ghulaman-e-Hur Brothers, Brothers of Anjuman Shabab ul Momineen
Daughter of Shaheed Askari Raza, was requested to addressed
the mourners and azadaran. In her one line address, the daughter of shaheed
said mere baba k mission ko agay barhayein (Keep my dad mission alive) , a
comprehensive one line message that every body vowed to live upto affirmatively
with the chants of Labbayka Ya Hussayn.
followed by a majlis-e-aza recited by Maulana Ali Murtaza Zaidi,detailing among
other things an enlightening strategic analysis on Mob psychology and mob
around 330 am in the morning Governor Ishratul Ibad appeared alongside Senator
Faisal Raza Abdi, providing assurances to the participants that all demands
will be met. But, in the light of Ulema`s recommendations momineen stood their
ground to wait for any documentary proof of the claims being made by the
governor. No such proofs however could be provided by the administration to
ulema-e-karam for next 2 hours arousing suspicions. It was only after the copy
of FIR was received by Ulema, when it was announced that the stated objective for this stage has
been met and son of Shaheed also expressed his satisfaction over the day`s
events, stated objective and the way it was achieved and on family`s desire
namaz-e-janaza was immediately performed around 6 am. Later the procession took
the body of shaheed to Wadi-e-Hussain enroute Shahrah Faisal ,where Shaheed
Askari was laid to rest.
It is a
tactical victory as the objective stated at the very outset was achieved in a
peaceful manner, making it a very disciplined and impactful show of power by
Millat-e-Jaffaria . It proves once again that our millat has all the potential
to offer sacrifices and is full of sincerity; it never shied away from any
challenge. Whenever it will be directed and led sincerely, results will
definitely be extra ordinary inshallah.
all, it has produced new vigour in the being of Millat-e-Jaffaria Pakistan,
which is indeed the result of shaheed`s sincere efforts for millat.
only lived for Millat ,but even after his shahadat he continues to inspire
rusta is ghar ki nigehbani karay! Asmaan teri
lehad par shabnam afshaani karay!