14 Apr 2012
Sit in Concludes: 20th April Juma-e-Efaye-e-Ehad ba khoon-e-Shohada
Nearly a week long protest sit in staged here in front of Parliament house in the federal capital concluded shortly as Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, head of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen told reporters in Islamabad at a press conference that the government has assured to meet Millat-e-Jaffaria`s 10-points charter of demand within 15 days.
He warned that protest would be resumed if the government would not meet the charter of demand.
The 10-points charter of demand for which the sit-in was staged included:
- All bodies of the martyrs of Gilgit-Baltistan should be handed over to their heirs/relatives in their areas.
- Those who perpetrated Chilas Tragedy must be arrested and operation be launched against terrorists.
- All the missing passengers of Shahrah-e-Karakoram should be recovered and safely shifted to their areas.
- Terrorists training camps in whole of the country including Darel and Chilas should be closed down.
- Curfew in Gilgit must be withdrawn.
- Alternate route be provided to Gilgit-Baltistan passengers for Rawalpindi travelling.
- Safety and security of Silk Road should be handed over to the Pakistan Army.
- Additional flights of the PIA should be made available for Gilgit Baltistan and concessional fares be restored.
- Charter of demand of people of Gilgit Baltistan that they gave to the government after Kohistan Tragedy and government had approved that, should be met forthwith.
- Due action be taken to end the target killings/genocide of Shia Muslims in Karachi, Quetta and Dera Ismail Khan in particular.
He demanded that chief minister Balochistan should be arrested for killings of Shia Muslims in Balochistan. He said that the government must take immediate actions to shoulder its responsibilities.
Interior minister on state television announced after a meeting with Shia scholars, for the establishment of a Judicial commission to probe into the tragedy of GB and the commission would include among others one shia scholar and one sunni scholar.
Yaum-e-Aza / Mourning Day / Black Day :
Earlier this Friday was observed as a mourning day (Youm-e-Aza) on a call from ulema-e-karaam, to protest against the genocide of Shia Muslims that included target killings in Chilas Tragedy and incidents in Quetta and Karachi in particular.
Protest gatherings, mourning congregations and pray congregations were held to observe youm-e-Aza.
Main congregation was held outside Parliament House where protest sit-in entered 8th day on Friday. Allama Shifa Najafi led the Friday prayer there. After prayer, Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri spoke.
He lambasted the government and its agencies for their failure in thwarting terrorism and terrorists who were responsible for genocide of innocent Shia Muslims and Sunni Bralevis also in some cases.
"Shia Muslims will stage protest around Chief Minister House Sindh and Governor House Punjab because of their incompetence to stop Shia killings.", announced Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri.
He said that it seems now that government and its agencies were themselves involved or they encouraged the terrorists and they lacked interest to stop terrorists.
Allama said that the U.S. and the Zionists were also involved in the bad law and order situation in Pakistan including the genocide of Shia Muslims.
He said that next week would be observed as a week of steadfastness and resistance.
Maulana Aijaz Behishti demanded that the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) should be deployed in Gilgit Baltistan to maintain law and order.
In Multan, a sit-in was staged outside Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s house. Religious scholars and Shia notables spoke and condemned the genocide.
In Karachi, Youm-e-Aza was observed at more than 70 places. Friday prayer leaders also condemned the usurpation of legitimate rights of Shia Muslims.
Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain, Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Agha Ali Anwar Jafri and many other religious scholars spoke to the protestors.
They said that government was playing the role of silent spectator. They demanded that the federal interior minister and incompetent and delinquent high officials of the present government set-up should be sacked for their failure.
They expressed concerned over the silence of human rights organizations and demanded of them to voice their protest at the genocide of Shia Muslims.
They made it clear that Shia Muslims were killed under a genocide campaign and it is in no way a clash or riot. They said that the state elements should remain honest and impartial and they should prove it by their actions that they are not biased in favour of sectarian terrorists.
Like Karachi, similar gatherings were held in Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and also in the far flung areas of all the five provinces and also in Azad Kashmir.
First Day of Protest:
Views of Mominaat Participating in Sit In.
Sponsored Effort to Create a Law & Order Situation. Alhamdulillaah Momineen thwarted the effort with vigilance. (Nice to know by the way, yazeediat has no symbolic way to even protest, observe while momineen are showing their resilience by raising slogans of Labbayka Ya Hussain, yazeediat have nothing to do but clapping. It doesn`t even have a proper way to express itself. kufr ko ye saza hi kaafi hai....)
Ulema-e-Karam Press Conference.
Views: Agha Ahmed Rizvi .Rukn-e-Markazi Nazaarat (ISO).
Views: Brother Nasir Sherazi, ex-ISO central president.